If you used to think that mobile applications are made just for entertaining users or helping them work more efficiently, then this article is for you. Can you imagine a mobile app that helps to fight against sexual discrimination? Or an app that helps to save forests? These are just a few of the problems that can be solved with the help of mobile applications. Environmental awareness, human rights, social responsibility, and humanitarian outreach are becoming popular new categories for mobile app development. Such apps usually come from charitable organizations, startups, and even for-profit companies.
Meet our list of 5 apps that are made to change the world for good. This is an inspirational showcase of social responsibility mobile apps for iOS and Android devices that are some of the smartest, most well-done and popular.
One Today by Google
One Today (Android) inspires users and helps them change the world for good with micro-donations made with just one click. This beautifully designed application lets users easily discover awesome nonprofit projects and give a little (literally $1) each day to some of the projects that they are most passionate about. It creates a community of generous people who love doing one good deed a day.
The iRecycle app (Android | iOS) is an easy-to-use tool for finding local, convenient recycling opportunities wherever you are. The app can tell you how, where and when to recycle just about anything, because it provides access to more than 1,600,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials. Using your current location, get access to vital details for collection points, such as addresses, websites, phone numbers, hours of operation etc.
PaperKarma (Android | iOS) is probably the easiest and funnest way to take control of your junk mail, cut your paper waste, and help save the Earth – by taking photos. Simply snap photos with your phone of the offending mail. The application will figure out what it is and how to stop it. PaperKarma can stop magazines, catalogs, coupons, credit card offers, books, fliers etc.
The GoodGuide app (Android | iOS) helps to instantly find healthy, socially responsible, and eco-friendly products in a variety of categories including: skincare, hair care, cosmetics, household, pet food, babies, kids, food, and more. Each of over 210,000 products is rated on a 0-10 scale based on its health, environmental, and social impact. GoodGuide at this time only covers products available in the United States.
Transplant Hero (iOS) helps transplant patients deal with taking their immunosuppression medications in a timely fashion, which is extremely important to save their lives. Basically, this app lets the user know when it is time to take their medication, but it does this in an inspirational, game-like manner. Transplant Hero app is an interactive, educational, and easy-to-use tool that offers users positive reinforcement for medication adherence.
Apparently, one of the essential human needs is to consider oneself ‘good’. People feel good about themselves when they live according to their most deeply-held values and aspirations like the duty to help each other, to treat every living creature ethically, to take care of the environment and their own health. This is an extremely huge niche for new mobile apps development that is still almost empty. Let’s fill it with worthwhile apps that will help people to change the world for the better!
March 24, 2015