Coders stayed up all night at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon this weekend in Brooklyn, New York. With just 24 hours to build something meaningful, it was no easy task. But four gentlemen met at the event and decided to build an app that could help keep homeless people off the streets and give them the care that they need.
Called TheHelpingHand.club, the app routes Ubers to nearby shelters, soup kitchens and hospitals. A user can open up the app and a map shows which local facilities are open. Just tap the icon to call an Uber to pick someone up and bring them to a helpful destination.
"Sometimes you encounter people begging for money and you'd like to help them, but you don't necessarily want to give them money," said co-founder A. Adesina Lalude, a resident of Hamburg, Germany and a consultant for startups. With TheHelpingHand.club, you can "gift a ride to any homeless person to make sure they get to the destination" that suits their needs.
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