Billions in Change
Designing for the billions
In 2016, I worked on designing an online platform for Billions in Change along with Raghav Sarin, my friend and fellow designer. We worked on the Android and iOS apps, as well as a redesign of the existing website. Our work was covered by an NDA till the launch in November 2017.
About Billions in Change
Billions in Change is an organisation that that solves problems faced by people in developing countries with technology, enabling them to obtain basic needs like electricity, clean water, nutritious food, and effective healthcare. It was founded by Manoj Bhargava, the founder of 5-hour Energy, with the ultimate goal of eliminating world poverty.
Projects funded by Billions in Change include the HANS Free Electric bike, which combined with the HANS PowerPack can generate and store enough electricity to power an average rural household for a day with one hour of pedalling.
Billions in Change needed a volunteer platform it could use to get in touch with people interested in volunteering for their causes. At this point they had a basic website, but wanted to add interactive functionality and the ability to target volunteers for events near them. They also wanted Android and iOS apps they could use to send notifications to users when events were happening around them.
Billions in Change had existing branding guidelines that had been partially formalised and used on the website. ~79% of mobile phones in India run Android, and so we designed for Android first. We combined the existing branding with the material design guidelines to come up with a coherent look and feel for the apps.
The onboarding informs users about the 3 areas BIC is focusing it’s efforts in — Water, Energy and Health.
User login is optional, and the app does not ask the volunteer to provide any details unless they want to leave comments or bookmark articles. However, when the user does try to sign up we wanted to make it as simple as possible to sign in or sign up. The app supports OTP login, Email login, and social logins with Facebook and Google.
The app is currently primarily an information dissemination app that BIC followers can use to stay informed about updates in the campaigns. The Home Screen tries to be a portal into the 3 basic types of content on the platform.
Articles about BIC and it’s projects shared on their website as well as content from other new and media websites.
User-generated forum discussions about topics started by volunte as well as BIC moderators.
Meetups are events hosted by BIC that can be attended by volunteers. Volunteers can also create their own meetups using the platform, and will be supported by the BIC team in organising the event.
Volunteers are encouraged to provide feedback about events which can be used to improve future meetups.
Profile, FAQs & Solutions
The user’s profile has all of their created and bookmarked content. The FAQs and Solutions sections show content from the BIC website.
Illustrations for screens when the content either doesn’t exist or doesn’t load.