Words: Ben Scott, Goodbomb Founder
GoodBomb.com is a showcase for awesome projects that are making our communities better. Where "bad bombs" blow stuff up, GoodBombs build stuff up. GoodBombs are all about creating positive impact in our communities.
We have recently launched with the goal of mapping everything that's awesome happening in our communities. That's why we're working with VIA so we can start mapping and promoting all of the local good that people are working on in Vancouver.
Our Mission is to showcase positive change in our communities and to connect change makers to the skills and resources they need in order to succeed.
Our long-term vision is to create a social network for Change Makers, where their Projects, Events, and Businesses can be mapped, showcased, and connected to the nearest users on the platform so that we can start rebuilding a sense of community in our cities while supporting the people who are making our world a better place. Projects are currently sorted by proximity for each visitor to the site so you can see the nearest projects around you.
Each Project has a list of "needs" in the form of "skills and resources". When you sign up, you can manually add your own personal and professional skills to your profile, or you can connect your LinkedIn account to automatically add your professional skills as well. Your skills are then connected to the nearest Projects that need your help so you can get involved in making your community a better place! But, if you just feel like lurking, you can do that too ;).
We've only launched our minimum feature set right now so that people can start using it. The app is still a bit rough, so please go easy on us as we work out the bugs. Right now, the app is mostly intended as a showcase for Projects local to Greater Vancouver, but you can create projects anywhere in the world, vote on them (like or dislike), comment on them, and directly message other users. The feature set is small right now, but we intend to develop the app into something much more fleshed out, with a dashboard, user-to-user networking, and a news feed that aggregates social media news so you can find out what's happening nearby. You can see the vision for the app here: http://invision.goodbomb.com
We are looking for a rockstar Django developer to help us move forward with development, and we're on the lookout for brands and organizations who are interested in contributing funds to awesome projects so that we can start connecting change makers with the funds they need to move forward.
For GoodBomb to really take off, we need your support. Sign up on GoodBomb.com, showcase your projects (it's free!), follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and help us spread the word! The more people who sign up, the better our chances are of getting funding to develop this app into something really awesome!