Hello Tractor is a first of its kind agricultural technology company responding to the needs of resource-poor farmers. Starting in Nigeria, the company designed an innovative, low-cost “Smart Tractor” specifically to meet the unique needs of small farmers. Smart Tractor owners can tailor its use for a variety of crops and stages of the production cycle. Hello Tractor tracks usage and gathers data on location, market trends, and uptake. A cloud powered booking system allows farmers to request, schedule and prepay for tractor services from nearby Smart Tractor owners through SMS messaging and mobile money. Hello Tractor has global scale potential for the #NeedEconomy!
Bitso is at the forefront of enabling financial access via cryptocurrencies in Mexico. Bitso Pagos (BitsoPay) app allows merchants (online and in store) to accept Bitcoin payments converted instantly to local currency with no commission. Bitso Price app provides Bitcoin and Ethereum market price, charts and live statistics. The platform is modernizing typical corner store operations while making Bitcoin accessible to the general public. Companies like Zmart with their app, Maxsaldo, leverage Bitso’s platform with the aim of making Mexico the first country where Bitcoin can be bought in small shops on every corner. It’s fintech for every (wo)man! Website in Spanish/English.
PartPic has developed proprietary, patent-pending visual recognition software poised to digitally streamline the industrial parts industry’s entire value and supply chain (manufacturer to retailer to end-user). Industrial distributors, retailers and suppliers license the technology which is designed for seamless cross-platform integration (websites/mobile apps). A given company’s entire replacement parts inventory becomes part of PartPic’s vast database. An end-user in search of a part takes a photo through the PartPic app and said part is searched, identified by specific type and a point of sale is provided to facilitate ease of purchase; all made possible though PartPic’s detailed feature extraction algorithm. Beyond screws and rivets, the application possibilities are vast. Currently in Beta.
PlanGrid brings time, cost and user efficiency to the construction industry. Architects, designers, individuals and general contractors alike can use the cloud based service to upload, share, update and store blueprints and documents on iPads, Android tablets and smart phones. Entire teams can access, update and share information, as well as address & fix problems quickly and efficiently, with the security of knowing that everyone is literally on the same page of any given project whether in the field or in the office, on or offline. PlanGrid is the largest blueprint repository in the world. Available for Windows, iOS and Android #NeedEconomy #DesignTech
Barcelona based Wallapop wants you to “Trade your way” anywhere in the world. The app allows anyone to buy and sell their unused (however loved) stuff to someone nearby. Their commercials are humorous and magnetic. Never has the second-hand market place looked so exciting. Currently available in Spain, France, the UK and Brasil. On May 12, 2016, Wallapop’s U.S. operations were bought by and absorbed into competitor Letgo‘s brand and platform.
Can an app inspire impact investors, industry leaders and policy wonks to champion sustainable solutions to cyclical child poverty? This entry into activist gaming is brought to the world by Senegalese engineer, Ousseynou Khadim Bèye. The app, compatible with most devices, highlights the perils of life as lived by a Talibé child who, often exploited, must beg for money. The objective of the game is to get him safely to his parents while surmounting a number of obstacles in the city of Dakar, Senegal. #NeedEconomy
Founded in 2014, Livestock Wealth is the first of its kind crowdfarming platform that allows anyone, world-wide, to become a farmer by investing in a cow and earn income from the sale of its offspring. Investors can use the website and/or a mobile app to track, manage and name their cow(s). A true disruption of what it means to invest on a global exchange and in agriculture, Livestock Wealth at once provides investment opportunities to a local population with traditional and cultural ties to the land by using a commodity they understand and value, while challenging global investors’ notion that stocks are the only thing worth exchanging for profit across borders. The platform promises positive social and environmental impact with profits for all at every step of the value and supply chain. #NeedEconomy