L’Institut d’Investigació en Intelligència Artificial (IIIA-CSIC), a WeNet partner, alongside the Department of Philosopy of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Fundació Autònoma Solidària (FAS) launched a new app, uHelp.
uHelp is a social network application to facilitate people to ask for and receive help. It allows people in everyday life to source things such as a babysitter or someone to lend you chairs for a party. The added value of uHelp is that for each request, it is the user who determines the level of trust and whether that person has to be one of your uHelp contacts, a friend of a friend, or those at any connection level. This way, only those that match the requirements will receive the call for help.
The application is built on an intelligent volunteer search based on two principles: connection and trust.
This allows users to create a community of mutual assistance with their friends, friends of friends and so on, building up a large social network that addresses people’s needs.
The app contributes to the mission of the FAS to provide tools to encourage people to become active citizens and agents for social transformation. Trial participants were asked to download the app, test it for a couple of months, provide initial feedback via a questionnaire, and participate in a focus group for further feedback and discussion.
Participants in the workshop were very responsive and more than 40 students volunteered to download the app and start providing feedback straight away.
This successful meeting with FAS marks the launch the uHelp app. Future versions of the app are already identified based on feedback and suggestions for improvements from the volunteers.
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