Project SummaryHourvillage is a social marketplace for skills and services that runs on time, not money. Hourvillage is for individuals, corporations, and community builders. This mobile app makes skills and services exchange possible as one hour of any service provided on Hourvillage equals one hour credit.
ProblemIn an era of rapid urbanization and smartphone usage, the traditional support structures from family, friends and neighbours is changing. For populations that have little cash and much needs, who can they turn to for help? Hourvillage addresses the problem of social and economic inequality, building skills and building communities.
SolutionWe believe every villager has skills to share. Young and old, male and female, students and retirees, professionals and homemakers – each person has something to offer. Hourvillage makes this time exchange possible through a mobile app and the web. Hourvillagers give or get skills and services in exchange for hour credits. Everyone joins the village and starts with 2 hour credits. An hour is an hour – 1 hour of any service provided on Hourvillage equals 1 hour credit. Villagers can get more hour credits on Hourvillage by giving their skills. No money is exchanged on Hourvillage. A teenager can help an elderly person learn how to use a smart phone. A banking professional can share his career experience with a group of students. A single mom can have a neighbour pick up groceries for her. A young woman can learn a language by practising with a fellow villager online. A corporate volunteer can easily track his time spent with different charities and share this data seamlessly with his employer. The possibilities for time exchange are endless. Each hour earned by a Hourvillager is securely recorded and builds a villager’s time resume. This resume is validated by ratings from other villagers. The hour credits earned can be spent on services needed or donated to others. Dashboards will be available for companies with employee volunteering programs, non-profits, universities and other community builders.
AskWe seek USD2,000,000 in Equity for the following purposes:
- Implement app marketing activities
- Build data analytics capability
- Build Corporate & NPO dashboards