Nice new community! I think I'm in the perfect place to tell you about my first Tech for Good project, so I'm going for it 😉
I hope that my experience can be of use to some of you, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this project.
Hopefully we can all learn from each other here, and help those we care about!
A couple of months ago, I took a training on gender-based and sexual violences. I learned about the resources available to help victims (emergency numbers, non-profits, etc). It's great because in France, we have a lot of institutions specialized in taking care of victims. But I was surprised to see that they are not centralized anywhere. So inevitably, we get lost between all the websites and we miss crucial information 🤷🏼♀.
I then launched the Perséphone project, joined by a friend who is my tech consultant. Perséphone is an app that centralizes all this information and to do prevention. You can have a look at the app here!
For the moment, it is in French but I will soon add the English option for foreigners in France.
I'm a research engineer in biotechnology 👩🏻🔬, but in my free time I've been learning about no-code tools. I've decided to use Glide to develop the app:
The price is very affordable: it's super interesting for non-profits with very small budgets (and here for us as we are financing the project from our own).
It's a progressive web app, which means that it's a website that can be downloaded as an application: no need to go through Apple or Android.
Everything is connected to a Google Sheets. So, if we decide to give it to non-profits, they won’t need to know how to use Glide: they just have to fill in the information (phone number, description,...) in the spreadsheet and the app will update itself directly. Talking about our database, we already have 600+ contacts and information!
- On my side, the tool is super easy to handle, but you can still inject CSS to rework the design 🤓
For the design, Glide already offers quite a lot of possibilities (quite basic certainly, but with a bit of imagination I assure you that you can do great things). In parallel I use Adobe Illustrator, but also a lot of no-code design tools. I think I'll do a post on that later as I could talk about it for hours 😍.
We've connected audience analysis tools to the website. If the app is used by a lot of people, we'll be able to see where the victims are mostly coming from. If they come from certain regions specifically, it may be because prevention and help devices are lacking there. In relation with the government and associations, we will be able to help improve the situation.
It's practical and it allows us to push the productivity to its maximum, especially since the project is done during our free time. So I'll let you imagine my joy when I discovered Integromat and Zapier automation tools 🤪
I can't wait to tell you more about this project that is very important to us.
If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’d be happy to answer them. Thanks for reading!