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Help Me With It

Who: Help Me With It

When: Summer 2015

Where: Brisbane


The mission of Help Me With It is to connect individuals who need help to do one-off tasks with individuals who can volunteer their time to fix, clean, care, shop, transport, garden, sort, teach and more. There is no service like this in the not-for-profit sector. This is a digital disrupter in the social service and volunteering sectors. 

During RHOK, the Help Me With It team started to build a minimum viable product in Ruby on Rails. They used a Postgres back-end and ran it on Heroku. It was a good experience to help revise the functional and non-functional specifications for the platform and a great start to the build. 

Thank Bank

Who: Thank Bank

When: Winter 2015

Where: Brisbane


ThankBank aims to increase volunteering rates by raising awareness for volunteering activity and rewarding you for doing good deeds, starting with blood donations. Checking in with your good deeds provides a reward in the form of discounts and rewards from participating local providers. 

The Brisbane RHoK team designed and developed a minimum viable product (MVP) from scratch, which included an iPhone app, back-end administration site, and an accompanying public website. While fully functional at the end of the event, the app required a few more tweaks before going live. The solution developed in the RHoK allowed ThankBank to prove the idea and secure additional development after the event.

Volunteer Impact

Who: Volunteer Impact

When: June 2016

Where: Melbourne

Volunteer Impact is helping environmental restoration projects create great impact stories from their data, so that they can get more funding and better engage their volunteers.

Sam, Volunteer Impact’s founder, choose to focus on a proof of concept while at RHoK. He wanted to demonstrate a way for environmental groups to record, sort and visualize their data. A group of RHoK volunteers rallied to his cause and successfully created the database tools that will allow these groups to capture and store their valuable data.

Rising to the challenge of presenting a working prototype, Sam’s team pushed themselves to take the first steps towards visualizing this data.