June 24, 2013
Abastéceme Android app uses crowd sourcing to help Venezuelans deal with country’s food crises
It’s remarkable when you look at some of the things that responsibly dealt with technology can do for you or the community as a whole. Google is constantly striving to make the web a better and more useful place for users. In recent times, thanks to undue rainfall in some parts of North India, Google’s Person Finder web app proved to be a useful tool in searching for victims missing during the floods. Thanks to the brilliant work by engineering student Jose Augusto Montiel, an Android app called Abastéceme or “Supply Me” is working wonders to help ‘ration’ or rather locate staple food in Venezuela.
It’s primarily a crowd souring app that let’s people post about various food items that are available and where exactly they can be found. In Zulia, the country’s most populous state, an app like this can be of great value to the citizens. By using this new tool to help get the food issues a bit for organised by and for the people, it will also help reduce contraband trade across the Colombian border. So far the apps has been downloaded over 12,000 times across Venezuela.
Isn’t it great when you see a smartphone app that actually has a real-time, real-life purpose other than one designed for sheer entertainment?
[Via – Aljazeera]