Solution Overview

Our Solution

Mobile interchange ecosystem for workers

One-line solution summary:

Use mobile tools to document the ecosystem of work being done

Pitch your solution.

Provide a mobile ecosystem or portal that makes it easier for workers to promote themselves and find work. Equip workers with mobile technologies to document their capabilities. By allowing workers to demonstrate their work output, employers can better understand the ecosystem of work that people in Indonesia are producing. A system that documents the workers, relationships, and labor involved in creating products can help researchers and innovators find and optimize inefficiencies in the supply chain. By creating a logistics map documenting labor, we will be better able to track and analyze the system of production where innovative solutions can be implemented. It could also be as simple as helping workers find work, by allowing them a place to upload documentation of their skills for potential employers.

Which dimension of the Challenge does your solution most closely address?

Increase and leverage the participation of underserved communities in India and Indonesia — especially women, low-income, and remote groups — in the creation, development, and deployment of new technologies, jobs, and industries

In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?

Boston, MA, USA

Is your solution working in India and/or Indonesia?

My solution is being deployed or has plans to deploy in both India and Indonesia

What specific problem are you solving in India and/or Indonesia?

Almost everyone has a mobile phone and can document their work.  People needing skilled labor should be able to understand where to find the best workers, and also have some ability to efficiently tap the skilled resources available to them. Furthermore, having an "alibaba" for skills may help job seekers identify what specific skills are in high demand. The platform can also help guide workers into more lucrative careers, much like UpWork does by providing training and skill badges.

Who does your solution serve, and in what ways will the solution impact their lives?

To understand and optimize the network, first there must be enough information to document the situation. I propose establishing an interchange where people can upload information about their services. This portal would serve freelancing workers organized around different production capabilities, such as labor, knowledge, or product manufacturing. This would be like "linkedIn" but with portfolio of a person's work output rather than a resume. For example, garment workers would have one section demonstrating their sewing skills, while technology workers would be at another section that looks like Behance. People would be able to attest to working with different people around a particular output. By documenting a full ecosystem of workers around an industry, including the relationships between people, employers will be able to more efficiently source the workforce, solve problems with production, and understand where to best focus their recruitment/education efforts to create more skilled workers. Furthermore, there would be trust and responsibility that lasts through different products, so that consistent knowledge transfer across teams can be tracked over time.

How does the problem you are addressing, the solution you have designed, and the population you are serving align with the Challenge?

This solution uses technology that people already have, but provides a framework to direct the efforts of workers.  The solution also does not rely on cumbersome technology, but takes the model from existing websites that work well to unite workers with corporations. The creation of a website that follows the model of linkedIn, upwork, and behance,taking the best interaction elements is not a complex solution. Further, developing an app that enables people to upload their information is quite easy to implement.  Without much work, one could even implement this with a simple website that organizes lists of different worker's youtube channels.

What is your solution’s stage of development?

Concept

Who is the Team Lead for your solution?

Angela Chang, TinkerStories Founder

More About Your Solution

Which of the following categories best describes your solution?

A new application of an existing technology

What makes your solution innovative?

It utilizes lessons from LinkedIn, Upwork, Behance, and SourceMap to more efficiently create connections between workers and employers.

Describe the core technology that powers your solution.

The internet and mobile platforms for video creation and sharing.

Please select all the technologies currently used in your solution:

  • Crowd Sourced Service / Social Networks
  • Software and Mobile Applications

What is your theory of change?

The theory of change here is that people documenting their labor can also help them reflect and understand the ecosystem in which they function in better. Almost everyone who has a mobile phone can think about it as a way to find work to improve their future by connecting with potential employment.

Select the key characteristics of your target population.

  • Women & Girls
  • Rural
  • Low-Income
  • Middle-Income
  • Mid-Career Adult

What are your impact goals for the next year and the next five years, and how will you achieve them?

Well, if given the resources, I can build a website and app for this specific population.

How are you measuring your progress toward your impact goals?

Adoption rate and number of users are obvious metrics. More interesting would be to be able to see how many interviews and job connections happen. Statistics on number of diversity in the population taking advantage of the site would also be helpful.

What barriers currently exist for you to accomplish your goals in the next year and in the next five years?

Financial, an investment is needed to start development. Cultural  guidance to recruit local users. Legal guidance on helping companies hire people easily, maybe through setting up a contract system within the portal like UpWork has.

How do you plan to overcome these barriers?

Get advice, partners, and board members who know about legal and cultural matters.

More About Your Team

What type of organization is your solution team?

Individual

How many people work on your solution team?

1

How long have you been working on your solution?

just thinking of this solution,not implemented.

How are you and your team well-positioned to deliver this solution?

I'm a technologist. It sounds quite doable.

What is your approach to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive leadership team?

Diversity and representation from the target country is important. Partnerships with interested parties from the target country is also valued.

What organizations do you currently partner with, if any? How are you working with them?

N/A

Your Model & Funding

What is your operational model?

solopreneur

Who is the primary stakeholder you will be targeting to execute and scale your solution?

Individuals consumers
Partnership & Growth Opportunities

Why are you applying to the Future of Work in India and Indonesia Challenge?

Seemed like an interesting problem.

In which of the following areas do you most need partners or support?

  • Human Capital (e.g. sourcing talent, board development, etc.)
  • Business model (e.g. product-market fit, strategy & development)
  • Financial (e.g. improving accounting practices, pitching to investors)
  • Legal or Regulatory Matters
  • Public Relations (e.g. branding/marketing strategy, social and global media)
  • Monitoring & Evaluation (e.g. collecting/using data, measuring impact)
  • Product / Service Distribution (e.g. expanding client base)

Please explain in more detail here.

I'm a technologist who has set up web sites and made apps before.

Solution Team

 
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