Our team consists of undergraduate students, keen on environmental protection, who decided to develop a “green” application. This app targets all age groups, and the only requirement for its use is the access to a smartphone with internet connection and a GPS system. Our application organizes and visualizes open data from various sources in order to improve accessibility. More specifically, app users will have the capability to register, using their Facebook or Twitter account, or by filling a registration form. What makes our application special is the implementation of a reward system, consisting of daily “challenges” that can be rerolled, in order to facilitate the user. The completion of these challenges awards some points into the user’s account, which can be used for “green” reward purchase (ex. Mass Transportation tickets) Moreover, users can attend organized environmental events (extracted from social media open data), thus socializing and contributing to the preservation of the environment.
The app will also include the following features. By tapping on the recycle touch button, users can track nearby blue bins (designated bins for recycling) and green centers, while having the ability to report a problem (ex. damaged pedal/lid). Other features of this app are the public cycling system button, the nearby green areas option, the water quality reports data, published by the ministry of environment. Users can rate those areas and report presented problems, providing their personal opinion and contributing in the organization of “green” events (ex. seashore cleaning, reforestation, etc.). The app will also notify users for nearby conflagration. In order to make the app more interactive, a “Did you know?” option was added. Users will be provided with energy saving tips, environmental facts and statistics. Last but not least, useful links will be available for everyone interested. This way, the app becomes more interactive. We believe that our application will help people adopt an eco-friendlier mentality via rewards and open data.