New project: charities platform in the spirit of Helpalot

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I’d like to show you this thing I’m working on.

A pet project with a long history

10 years ago I set up Helpalot.org, a charity social network site. The goal was to make it easy to find charity projects you could trust.

Here I am, introducing the concept on Netsquared in 2006:

I am going to build a website that can facilitate people to help the world in a better way. Taking the openness of Wikipedia and adding the social network aspect, I’m going to create a website that has the potential to be a charity guide that not only contains every charity in the world, but also is the home of an energetic community that will change the world for the better.

So it wasn’t lacking ambition. At the time, I had a day job, was setting up a games company (fourcelabs.com) and was probably spread to thin to really make it work. Either way,  with a very small team we worked on it in our spare time for over 3 years. It had about 300 profiles and we learned a lot.

The time is right to have another go at this.

Last time I was trying to create a full social network site, like Hyves or Facebook. This time I’m taking a more agile approach to the same problem, where the first prototype is much simpler and I’ll be one of the core developers.

Sharing the progress

I have a background in interaction design and recently I decided to focus fully on becoming a software developer. One of the main reasons is that I want to be able to move my ideas forward in a more substantial way.

I’m learning as I’m doing and I’m going to share the progress on both the website and the lessons learned as a developer.

Test Driven Development

This video above introduced me to Test Driven Development (TDD)

It inspired me to try to work in this manner on this new charities website. In the next post I’ll show you a quick example of how I’m going about this for the prototype. Also I’ll share who is working on this with me :)

 

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