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    Date submitted
  • 27-Sep-2018

Lets Connect

Abstract

I believe that technology can help in combating loneliness and depression with the help of an app(Lets Connect) to connect people who share similar attitudes, interests, and values,developing longlasting friendships and build a community out of it.The "Lets Connect"app can help us to find nearby people sharing similar interests like hiking,machine learning,dancing etc based on location. The app can also be used to provide information about the nearby events happening in that area.It can also help the student community to find other students who have similar skills like java etc and connect over coffee.This will also help students to get mentorship from other students within the campus,or connect to professionals working in industries.The industry mentors in return get to work with the fresh talent from universities,share their knowledge and mentees get valuable advice from them.

This app would help people to connect at a deeper level, foster long lasting friendships and bring value and purpose to life.

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

1.People who are new to the city looking for companions 2.Introvert students looking for study partner or seniors 3.Students looking for mentors 4.People who want to connect to others based on interests and location

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

During 2013–2016, 8.1% of American adults aged 20 and over had depression in a given 2-week period.In UK,the number reached to 20 %.Researchers also suggest that loneliness is becoming more common in the United States.People dont find their purpose in life and give up. Since 1985, the number of people in the U.S. with no close friends has tripled. The rise of the internet and ironically, social media, are partially to blame.People new to the city for jobs or international students are not able to find people for hiking,machine learning etc near their area.Approximately,40 % of the population is introvert and need a medium to communicate to others.I found people who are introvert and as international student, struggle with their assignments and not able to ask for help.It would be good if they can find other students through an app who have already studied that subject. Hence,loneliness,depression,being introvert are some of the challenges that needs to be looked into.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

I believe that finding people sharing similar interest based on location will make it successful.Nowadays,we have social media to connect people but its all virtual.How about connecting people based on location,so that they can meet after work,during weekends and share ideas and interest.In my opinion,if people could meet based on location,it will provide a sense of belonging,more meaning and give purpose to their life.This app will also have avatars of the profiles of best guitarist,best developer,best dancer in your area that will help others to connect to those people.People would be able to rate others on their skills and increase the credibility of their avatar profile.If users are unable to find people within their area,they can increase the radius of search and find people out of 1 mile area. Nowadays,everyone is using social media that is not helping them to make actual friends in person.This app would help them to actually meet the person,work on new ideas and create a community out of it.In my opinion,these features will make the app more successful than other social media apps and bring the community together rather than making virtual friends.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

I would like to create an application that connects people with similar interest based on location.I dont see a product in the market that connects everyone based on interests and location.I would like to create a user base for the app and help them out making actual friends.Once I get the userbase,I can make this app successful after marketing it in the beachhead market first.The advantage that I have for this app is the location,which plays a key role in the app,since this app helps you find people based on location and interest.