Hurricanes with devastating force and magnitude were a once in a decade phenomenon for the Caribbean or Florida and once in a lifetime for the Carolinas, but we are now getting hit by several of these every year. Florence and Michael are following last year’s Irma and Maria on forever marking the lives of many affected victims and many bank accounts as well. With Florence causing $38 billion in damage, Michael threatens to surpass such figure. Well, let’s be real, at the end of the day these billions are being injected into each of these local economies and ultimately money is being put to work, so it shouldn’t be too bad, right? Lumbers, mega stores and supermarkets up their sales while insurance pays for their damages and contractors quickly get filled with contracts too. But what happens with the millions of individuals that are getting greatly affected in ways that cannot be measured in dollars and cannot be solved with money or an insurance claim? What happens when thousands of people need immediate assistance with water, food or medical assistance immediately after the disaster, when first response forces/supplies take a while to reach everyone? What happens when thousands of people in the same geolocation suddenly loose their jobs and a paycheck will no longer be arriving on Friday? Given the great advances in technology, but mostly in the powerful and rising sharing economy, there should be a truly effective way to help and aid this devastating cause. I think we can all agree it is about time that technology is aimed towards helping and aiding individuals massively in need.
Arch Tech, a technology and software startup company was born in Miami a year ago, but was founded by Puerto Ricans, and it is precisely aiming for the immediate solution to these great aftermaths. The founders and the team witnessed up close and personal the greatest naturally caused human devastation of the countries history, category 4 hurricane Maria, and this was the birth of a beautiful idea that they would eventually name Arch App. The ownership team is composed of three Engineers, one blockchain expert and one communications expert, but most importantly, three of the five are also highly experienced entrepreneurs with previous evident success. So, what did they create and how are they shaping their solution to this increasingly dissasters?
Arch app simply enables a local network of human necessities, where an individual can access the app and post the need for a good or service and the amount willing to pay for it, consequently users within a determined perimeter will be able to supply the good or service in exchange for money offered by the requester. The transactions are handled internally and automatically by the platform, eliminating any physical money/cash exchange, and neither will users have to make the diligence of transferring funds to their bank accounts. Though the platform would serve as a location based app for the exchange of second hand items, nobody will be allowed to post anything for sale, and rather the postings will be 100% requests or needs for goods/services, meaning that Arch’s network will be composed in its entirety by people with “money in hand” ready to spend it on the solution of a necessity. Arch aims more for the solutions of every day needs and unexpected situations, rather than becoming an online flea marked for old and used goods like most of the platforms we see today. Apart from this, any user can log into the network and browse all the needs posted in order to supply any of such needs accordingly, and make money on the platform with the potential of it becoming an every day income or every day job.
Imagine these features applied to a disaster zone. Not only people in need for goods or assistance will be able to immediately solve their necessity through the surrounding community, but many unemployed people will be able to make daily profits by browsing and supplying the platform. Arch app is free for download, and while their revenue model is mainly transaction fees, Arch app will be entirely free of cost or fees for disaster zones in any part of the world.