HomeChaser: The Empty Property App Part 2

October 21, 2016

You can help turn empty buildings into affordable homes!

homechaser app | property guardianThe first Create-a-thon event in August to find a tech solution to the housing crisis was a huge success, and a dedicated small team of #Winsiders4Good began the process of building the HomeChaser app in association with Dot Dot Dot Property.

HomeChaser is the first empty property app that crowdsources empty property data, helping to turn more empty buildings into affordable homes. Members of the public will be able to pin their location, along with a photo and some basic details about an empty building they see in their daily life. This will allow Dot Dot Dot to investigate, and turn some of those buildings into property guardian homes. All with an app!

The team were so committed to the app and supporting Dot Dot Dot that we came together again, inviting a wider audience to help take the app to the next stage of development.

The event was generously hosted by the University of West London in their fantastic new lecture hall. A passionate group of #Winsiders4Good attended for the day to share their skills and ideas.

Although there were some unavoidable technical issues along the way (which we don’t understand – coding is a whole other language!), the team made friends, progress and connections.

HomeChaser may not be a reality yet, but we are well on our way and excited about the potential. We hope the app will help us engage the public in the issues around empty properties and connect us with more buildings to house our fantastic volunteers.

HomeChaser: the Empty Property App

October 12, 2016

Dot Dot Dot and Microsoft Windows4Good are getting together this weekend for a Hack-a-thon. We’ll be developing an app to help Dot Dot Dot find more empty properties to house people who volunteer.

app | housing | guardian

Last month Dot Dot Dot were invited to the #Winsiders4Good Create-a-thon. We went to look at how digital innovations can help address London’s housing crisis.  While we had no idea what to expect from the event, we were honored and excited when the team of volunteers decided to dedicate two days to creating a digital solution for Dot Dot Dot.

The App of Dot Dot Dot’s Future?

And here the HomeChaser app was born. The app allows city explorers to identify empty residential and commercial buildings. In the process they win points and track the progress of their properties. The idea is to crowdsource empty buildings so that Dot Dot Dot can pursue suitable opportunities and transform as many as possible into cheaper housing for people who volunteer.

As many as 50 coders, developers and designers have signed up for this weekend’s Hack-a-thon. Hopefully they can take the app to the next level and make it a reality! We are really looking forward to it, so stay tuned for more updates.

Update! Our Homechaser app has progressed to the next level.

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