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ParkNSpotz

We connect people looking for parking with people who have parking to offer - like the AirBnB for parking.

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ParkNSpotz offers an online chat-bot, hosted on major online messaging apps such as Facebook messenger and WhatsApp, where we connect people looking for parking with people who have parking to offer. Hence our slogan,

"Save time when you need it. Earn cash when you want it."

Essentially, anyone who has an unused driveway can offer it to a person who is looking for parking.

ParkNSpotz analyzed the problem that there are not enough parking spaces in certain areas. However, there might be enough unused parking opportunities where homeowners could potentially rent out their space for anyone who would otherwise keep circling the block to find street parking. 

It is our vision that we can offer a solution to this problem, by giving home-/business owners the option to list their unused driveway on our web/app platform; through our block-chain technology combined with the chat-bot capabilities the transactions will be fast and highly secure. 

Cities are making millions of dollars every year due to parking violation citations. The numbers are growing and with more people moving to the cities the parking issue will just become more prominent. The jungle of parking signs is sometimes hard to understand, and people get confused, leading often to unexpected parking violations. We have learned that some cities get paid by private parking violation agencies to oversee the administration of parking violations - why? Because it is a money-making machine. 

Our goal is to give people more options when it comes to parking, with a long-term vision to offer value added services such as electric charging stations operated by homeowners. Surveys have shown that someone might spend up to 13-32 min (during peak times) on average looking for parking which is also the cause for increased traffic and emissions. We at ParkNSpotz want to change that.

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

The ParkNSpotz chat-bot will be used by anyone who wants to have a hassle-free parking experience, the peace of mind knowing that the car is parked at a safe location and for anyone who wants to offer their unused driveway to make some extra cash. Our team at ParkNSpotz predicts a higher density of service utilization in areas around parks and event venues combined with adjacent residential areas. Therefore, the pilot should also be focused around such areas.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Founded by two engineers from Georgia Tech with the vision to improve the overall parking experience in cities. By helping each other people can find a parking spot more quickly, generate some extra cash for the driveway providers, and reduce the higher emissions generated during inefficient parking efforts. Find us: parknspotz.com Currently we are growing our team. Our 6 ParkNSpotz team member roles are the following: CEO COO CIO CMO Front-End Developer Back-End Developer

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Prior to the pilot, our team will identify a specific area in the city in which our solution will be most useful (area of focus). The pilot is planed for 3 Phases. The 1st Phase will enable providers to register their unused driveway. The 2nd Phase will enable people looking for parking to register their cars. The 3rd Phase will enable the functionality to start connecting people looking for parking with people who have parking to offer. Summary: Phase 1: Register driveways (providers) - funding needed for marketing campaign Phase 2: Register cars (parkers) - funding needed for marketing campaign Phase 3: Go Live - connecting parkers and providers in area of focus Post Go Live and Hypercare: Analyze performance metrics and work on improvements

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

During each of the 3 Phases described above our team will capture key performance metrics with respect to the objective of each phase. The model is simple, we need to meet the parking demand with the supply of registered driveways. As long as Phase 1 and 2 are successful we can gather additional performance metrics in Phase 3 such as transaction speeds, e.g. how long does it take for the user to go from initiating the chat-bot transaction to completion, including all payment transactions.

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Photo of Eduardo Cusido
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That could actually work! Cheers.

Photo of Patrick Koehler
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Thanks Eduardo Cusido ! We agree, it will :)

Photo of Eduardo Cusido
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Is there an app?

Photo of Patrick Koehler
Team

Eduardo Cusido . We are currently working on our MVP which will be initially in the format of a chat-bot as listed in our post.

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