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Students and teachers develop collaboration application

The platform promotes the meeting of those who need help with those who want to help

  • Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 13:23 pm
  • Last updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2020, 10h22

Have you ever needed help or tried to do some volunteer work but did not know where to look or offer assistance? The Kero Kolaborar application was born from the desire of a student to help. She didn't know how to volunteer her job, so she went to her teachers and together they created the app that promotes the meeting of those who want to help with those who need help. 

The application has been available to the general public on the Play Store since June 11th. Since then, more offers of help than requests have been registered, says Leonardo Motta de Lima, a professor at the São Paulo Campus at the Federal Institute of São Paulo (IFSP) and a member of the group that developed the platform.

Among the offers, so far, are: help for studying various subjects from high school and technical education, donation of milk and basic food baskets and psychological support. “On the other hand, there are requests for a baby layette, a suggestion for educational support and a very striking request, which was the donation of powdered milk to those assisted by Apae. This request has already been granted ”, reveals Leonardo. 

Student Maria Júlia Schettini, 22 years old, from the Computer Engineering course, wanted to offer help in this period of social distance and took her yearning to professors Gabriella Dalpra and Luís Augusto Mendes, from the CEFET-MG Campus, where she studies. “I thought of helping with the study of some discipline, contributing with food or clothes. I went to ask if they knew of someone who needed me to make the bridge and get help ”, says Maria Júlia. Thus was born the idea of ​​the Kero Kolaborar application, carried out at the Scientific Initiation and Computer Extension Laboratory (Lince), on the campus itself. 

Maria Júlia notes that the social isolation caused by Covid-19 has enabled more people to have time to dedicate themselves to solidarity actions. “Due to the distance, it is now even more difficult to reach the people who need it, even though there are, on the other side, many people willing to help, especially those who already wanted to help, but did not have time because of the daily rush ”. 

And how does the Kero Kolaborar platform work? The user performs a brief registration and creates a card called "kolaboração" (either a request or an offer). The others registered in the application can see this card and offer assistance. Users see only the nickname and information chosen by the user. Only when there is a correspondence, the registered ones receive the data (e-mail and / or telephone) so that they can communicate. Simple as a match!

As the goal was to help as many people as possible, the group ran out of time to make the platform available as soon as possible. “With each test we did, while the idea was taking the form of an application, the team's satisfaction was enormous. We saw that the possibility of helping was getting closer and closer. When we had the first version released, it was a time of great satisfaction and emotion. With each news we have regarding the use and registrations on the platform, we are getting more full of hope. We hope that the support network grows more and more ”, Leonardo supports. 

Learn more about Kero Kolaborar at http://kerokolaborar.projetoscomputacao.com.br/

Download the application at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kerokolaborar

Group

As the purpose of the project is "kolaboration", teachers and students from different educational institutions and different regions of Brazil were invited to participate in the project. In addition to Maria Júlia and Leonardo, they form the platform developer group: Álvaro Carneiro Júnior (Computer Engineering student at Campus Cuiabá at the Federal Institute of Mato Grosso - IFMT), Ayres Monteiro (student at the Computer Science course at Campus Leopoldiina do Cefet -MG), Benjamim Nogueira (student of the Computer Technician course at the Campus Pontes e Lacerda at IFMT), Gabriella Dalpra (professor at the Campus Leopoldina at Cefet-MG), João Gabriel Silva (professor of Computer at the Campus Pontes e Lacerda at the IFMT) , Luís Augusto Mendes (Professor at the Leopoldina Campus at Cefet-MG), Luiz Otávio Soares (Computer Science student at the Federal University of Lavras - UFLA), Luíza Trindade (Control and Automation Engineering student at the Leopoldina Campus at Cefet-MG ) and Pedro dos Santos (student of the Computer Technician course at the Campus Pontes e Lacerda of the IFMT). 

And as expected, not everyone knows each other personally. Maria Júlia and Leonardo, interviewed for this article, for example, only saw each other virtually. “Each person involved was indicating someone who knew they would support the project and we created a chain. Everyone grabbed the idea with great enthusiasm, so we did not expect little from this work ”, celebrates the student. “Kero Kolaborar (KK) is our coronavirus, but instead of getting sick, KK is contagious, creating a chain of good”, concludes Leonardo.

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