Grovr has received the following awards and nominations. Way to go!
The Problem we saw
The world is urbanizing at an alarming rate. With the population of the earth estimated to reach 9.7 Billion people by 2050, it is the urban centres that will face the biggest issues. In our quest to find out what problem can we address in order to bring us one step closer towards more sustainable cities, we saw one dangerous culprit; Indoor air pollution
With more and more people living in crowded urban spaces, harmful chemicals such as Benzene and Formaldehyde, along with particulate matter in heavily polluted countries, are becoming one of the leading causes of chronic diseases and even mental health issues. We found our problem, but we were in desperate need of hope in order to solve it
The Hope we found
That is when we found an interesting study done by NASA in 1989 on the indoor air cleaning properties of household plants. What they found out was conclusive proof that certain types of plants were extremely effective in removing harmful chemicals and particulate matter from the air. However, we faced another problem.
How do we go about empowering and incentivizing people to grow these plants that would not only benefit them but benefit the society and the environment in such a way that the whole is far greater than the sum of the individual parts?
The Solution: GROVR
To answer that question, we created Grovr.
Grovr is a social game that guides and rewards decentralized vertical farming, for a sustainable community. The game works in 3 simple steps
Step 1: Sow
Using Earth Science data provided by NASA, we are able to provide optimal recommendations on what kind of plants are best to grow in your location. Our goal is to use localized data such as that provided by Scintilla, in the future.
Step 2: Grow
Once a plant is selected, Grovr will guide you step by step on how to grow the plant in the most optimal manner while keeping check on the ever-changing weather conditions.
Completing daily tasks and successfully growing a plant will allow you to earn points.
Step 3: Plow
Once you have accumulated enough points, you can redeem them for interesting awards provided by companies that are willing to contribute their CSR initiative towards those who contribute back to the society and environment.
Grovr also provides an interactive map of users around you and their contribution to the society. The average contributions are shown in green, while those who contribute above the average will be highlighted. Those that fail to keep up their contributions in the average range will be shown as red. This will provide the social pressure needed to continue contributing through Grovr.
Ultimately, the goal would be to increase the green influence to a point where it is significant enough to cover the whole map and perhaps one day offset air pollution.
So, if you are still wondering how you can contribute to the society,
Consider becoming a Grovr
go.nasa.gov/1WsmEAC – NASA study on household plants
http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/133/24/2342 - Indoor air pollution and CVD
http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/rccm.201006-0937OC - Indoor air pollution and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease
https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1307823/ - Indoor air pollution and Diabetes type 2
Madin Maseeh – International and Strategic studies, University Malaya
Ibrahim Fathih – Civil Engineering, University Malaya
Maish Maseeh – Science and Technology, University Malaya
Abdulla Niyaz – Software Engineering, Help University
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