Sewa US and Vyasa Houston & Yoga Bharati run an initiative to improve public health and provide help during disasters. They usually get requests for volunteers, and as per requirements, they reach out to their registered volunteers. The problem they are facing currently is that the communication between Sewa US and volunteers is entirely manual. They send out messages to their volunteers, but there is no mechanism to manage the response. Also, there is no standard way of registering a volunteer or requester. Our idea is to create a common platform where all requests and volunteer assignments can be managed seamlessly with a workflow pipeline.
We were inspired to work with Braven, a non-profit organization that partners with universities to provide low-income and first generation college students with hands-on experience in industry.
Programs like Braven empower first generation and low-income students. When talking to Braven representatives, our team realized that we take many life skills for granted. We have parents that have gone to college that help us edit resumes and review school essays. First generation and low-income students do not always have this luxury, and oftentimes they question their ability to succeed.
I personally know many first-generation college students who have faced these same challenges and as a result failed to apply for that really cool internship, or super competitive job because they do not feel like they possess the skills or network to get the job. I am thankful and hopeful that Interview Day will help Braven continue to reach these students in a streamlined fashion, empowering them towards success.
October 10th and 11th
PayPal, San Jose, California