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"Paces to Pennies" - The App

Let's create a new app where people can get paid for walking in and around the public.

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This is more of an elaborative post someone else posted, but I am expanded on it through my perspective on seeing the app. But, this would encourage more people who aren't as active to be more active and people who ride buses can get some assistance (financially) to even barefooters, runners, and joggers to get paid for doing something they are common and fine with doing.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

This would help encourage more people who aren't as active to be more active and people who ride buses can get some assistance (financially) to even barefooters, runners, and joggers to get paid for doing something they are common and fine with doing. The app's title, "Paces to Pennies", implements that people would be earning a penny a step. The average number of daily steps people take (in a day) can be around 5000 to 7000 steps, which means the average person can earn $50-70 just by walking. From there, the steps can be generated into PayPal cash every 6pm (ET) since PayPal rules (for those who have a PayPal) states that any amount past 7pm (ET) will be transferred to their bank account the day after tomorrow instead of tomorrow. For those who do not have a bank account and/or PayPal, then you can allow the money they earned and turn it into egift cards for them to print and use in stores, which saves money from mailing a gift card to the rightful person.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users
  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I do not have a team created or an organization that helped me think of this idea. I thought about this idea/app (along with different variations of this app for different types of people like for Pokemon players (slightly different from Pokemon GO), barefooters (different pay rates for different places), and even joggers) for many months before I knew about the COTC and never knew how to operate further from there, to be honest. This also explains why I am submitting this idea as an individual.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The first thing to piloting this idea would be to learn how to create apps that are dedicated to this type of program and service. It can range from taking days to a few months based on one's experience, but it can be done since there are many different types for many different situations.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

The success of this pilot would be based on how many are willing to test this app, along with variations of this app, to make things better and easier for people to financially manage and even help others in need as well. This is, and can, also determined by how many are also willing to be more active when outside or in public to show that you are earning what you actually step.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

It would be nice to have the app accomplished for anyone to use and improve their earnings no matter who they are.

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Hi Lew Sterling , I'm Jasmine one of the facilitators for the challenge this year. Thanks so much for bringing this idea forward, it definitely piqued my interest as I don't plan the best workouts, but I'm sure I'd find time to walk if I were being paid to do it. Would the app only apply to walking or would running be included in the step count as well? Also there is an app that is fairly similar to what you're suggesting called Sweatcoin, that pays you in sweatcoin for a percentage of the outdoor steps you take in a 24 hour period. You can then use those sweatcoins to buy different thing such as subscriptions to vitamin programs or to cover the charge for a monthly subscription to Tidal. Would your app offer similar options or would it just give the cash out option or option to buy gift cards? How do you intended to reach the bit of the population that does not use smart phones?

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Hi Jasmine Comer - You are very welcome for bringing this idea forward. This would imply to walking anywhere and everywhere you see fit, to be honest. Some do walk more than others, but we all do have to go to places one way or another. I think I heard of Sweatcoin, but it does not ring a bell at the moment. It can be used on smartphones, but see if there is a way when it comes to those who prefer computers over smartphones.

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