4 Mobile Ways to Give to Charity This Holiday

4 mobile apps to give back with ‘Tis the season for generosity. Whether it’s that perfect gift for your special someone or the joke gift you buy for White Elephant, it’s the time of the year for giving.

With all the gifts, parties and shopping it’s easy to forget that there are people around the world who can’t celebrate in the same way. However, thanks these new groundbreaking companies you can help those less fortunate, from all over the world,  right on your cell phone.

One Today

one today mobile charity app

One Today is Google’s creation that connects with small charities that match your interests. These are groups you may never have found on your own, but through the app you can easily locate them and learn about their mission. All the charities are specifically catered to your interests and grow to become very specific. You could choose to donate specifically to restoring an endangered habitat, focus on health and wellness charities, or education in struggling communities. The best part is, 100% of your donation goes directly to the non-profit. One Today doesn’t take any overheads costs, so you know that when you support someone, they are directly receiving your gift. Available on ITunes and Google Play.

Goodshop

goodshop website

Goodshop connects you to major brands that are teaming up with major charities. When you shop on the site, partnered retailers will automatically donate a percentage to charity. The site also shares coupon codes that you can redeem for free shipping and discounts. Every time you search, they donate to charity! Now you can splurge and still give back.

Freerice.com

free rice trivia charity

Freerice.com makes a game out of raising money for charity. Take quizzes in a variety of subject topics like Famous Quotations, different languages and more. There’s even a section of SAT prep to grow college-level skills. The site is completely free to the player, and all donation costs are covered by the ads hosted on the bottom of the page. All you have to do is flex your trivia skills, and you could feed a family in need. That’s what they call a win-win.

Charity Miles

Charity Miles doesn’t just help the world but is also great for your health! Register to be a walker, or cyclist, and every mile you travel you earn money for charity. Bikers earn 10 cents a mile and joggers/walkers earn 25 cents per mile. These fees are connected to corporate donors, so all you need to focus on is racking up those miles. Charity Miles works with dozens of organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Wounded Warrior Project, Stand Up to Cancer and many more. What more motivation do you need to kick start that New Year’s resolution?

So get out there! Together with some of the most life changing organizations from all over the planet, there’s nothing stopping you from giving back this holiday season and all through 2016. If everyone just donates a bit of time, energy or money, the season of giving can inspire a season of change.

On behalf of our creators, Jobspring and Workbridge, as well of the entire Tech in Motion team, may you have a wonderful holiday season followed by a happy and healthy New Year filled with success.

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Toronto food and fitness apps

This fall, Tech in Motion: Toronto hosted Food + Fitness Demos & Drinks, packing coworking space Acme Works with more than 100 local enthusiasts for a night of networking, drinks and demos from 8 food and fitness app companies that are revolutionizing the wellness industry. Check out some of the latest products and ideas from these hot companies: Gymnut, MealSurfers, Baron Biosystems, Ritual, MenuSnap, Trainer+, MizPiz, and Carrot Pass.

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Tony Merlo, Sales Manager of the app Carrot Pass, impressed attendees with his demo display and shared his thoughts on launching a new app. Here is what he had to say…

Smartphones have taken over the world. Almost anywhere you go you’ll see people with their eyes locked deep into the warm glow of the screen on their hand. The modern day gold rushers have long envied the ability of this relatively new technology to capture people’s attention. The business potential is almost unlimited. Perhaps the best part is that it gives developers an almost unlimited playground to bring their idea to life. It seems like life will be a bed of roses until some of the realities of creating an app show up.

The first question to ask is: What is the specific goal that you are trying to accomplish?

Are you looking to boost sales for your company? Create a new way for people to connect? New games or other forms of entertainment? Once you have an answer to that, research what is currently available that is close to what you want to do and try them out. Ask your friends/colleagues to test them also. Pay close attention to the feedback, and especially whether or not it is something they would use frequently enough to want to keep. If you think you have a unique idea, start to proceed… cautiously. Besides the reality that it is costly to create an app, especially since it can cost extra to build for both Android and Apple, the real challenge begins once your app is approved and officially launched. The million dollar question then becomes: How are people going to find out about you?

One of the most important financial numbers for a company is the Cost Per Download.

This number determines how much advertising money is spent per person that downloads the app. The number in the beginning can be a lot higher than what many people anticipate. Before launching your app, you need to have a marketing strategy in place. Every few months there are stories about a creative app designer who strikes gold by having the latest viral hit and tech world watches as their download numbers skyrocket. This is a terrific example of hard work paying off, and it definitely can for you too, but it is important to prepare for the challenges that you will face in reaching that level of success.

The first challenge you need to understand is that it can be very difficult to get people to download your app. Why?

There are many roadblocks that can prevent this from happening. It can be surprising to those who work in the tech community, but many people have not ever downloaded an app because they do not know their iTunes password, nor how to reset it. Memory storage is also frequently an issue as many phones get loaded up with photos/videos, etc. to the point that they have zero space available. It is crazy to think, but some people still have the iPhone 3G or one of the original Droids, and have an old version of the iOS or Android firmware that does not support what you need to run your new app.

The reason these factors are important to consider is because many times it makes more sense to build your idea into a website that has an excellent interface from a mobile device. It can be much easier to engage with new users by having a link to your site that you can email, text, tweet, post or link to on a blog, etc. that people can easily access than it is to convince them it is worth the effort to find and download an app. It is also much easier and quicker to update and add new features on a website than an app. There is always the opportunity to build an app after you already have an established customer base. However, sometimes you do need to build an app to fully control the user experience and provide unique levels of service that are not available elsewhere.

Once you have decided on the best path to proceed, it can be of vital importance to connect with the local tech community in your area and promote your new product.

Many times great new ideas or partnering opportunities can come from attendees of networking events like those created by Tech In Motion that can take your business to the next level. Carrot Pass is a new app that uses beacon technology and encourages people to be more active by providing financial incentives for them to do so. We were fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to present at one of their recent events and the exposure and contacts we made will be incredibly valuable once we are able to expand into the Greater Toronto Area. Whatever your vision is, you can be successful doing it as long as you prepare and plan for the challenges. The potential market is HUGE. People love using their smartphones and are always excited to find a new reason to turn it on.

Become a demo company or speaker at a Tech in Motion event in 2016 to get exposure like Carrot Pass! Contact a city organizer near you. 

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