Problem: Homeless people don't know how to spend their money wisely.
Solution: We will make a debit card system that will limit the choice of how they spend their money/ what they buy.
My students are very passionate about this problem in their community and want to make a change. This is work in progress that students wanted to expand however, remote accessibility has made it a challenge.
Hey Joel, Tyrese, Keira, Makayla, and Abdoul, Thanks for putting out your project for Emoti-con! I find it admirable that you all are making this project to help those most in need and most vulnerable - especially in a time like this. All of your documentation is great - Your intro gives a clear sense of the problem, and the proposal for the system is detailed - providing processes for all kinds of scenarios. One of the most difficult part of designing these systems is avoiding scenarios in which the system can be abused. For example, we might want to prevent users from taking out cash (unsure if it was debit or credit) from ATMs. I do believe a system like this could help them - in particular if the card could nudge the user away from making poor decisions. If you enjoyed working on this project, I encourage looking into Poly Sci either online or in school -Charlie
I think the students idea was an excellent one. Two questions I had - What would support our homeless population with respect to lowering the numbers of families and people that are homeless? What programs would they benefit from?
I think the idea of helping homeless is people is really nice and thoughtful but giving them money isn’t the right way to help them, they might not know how to spend their money in a way but instead of giving them training to spend money right way, we can give them training of how to start their own business or way, where they are able to help themselves.