The Norman humanitarian group known as 1040i now has a mobile application to keep people informed of its efforts in places such as Africa's Ivory Coast and in Morocco.
Kelly Tran, founder of an Oklahoma-based mobile app business called Appable, developed it for the nonprofit organization.
“We work with several startup organizations in the state to build new technologies, and part of what we do at Appable is giving back to the community,” the 26-year-old CEO said, explaining why Appable took on development of 1040i's app at no charge.
“I think they're doing amazing work,” Tran said, adding that her team members who worked on it felt the same way. “They felt very touched by the work the organization is doing.”
The 1040i app, available both on the iTunes and Google Play app stores, is Appable's first nonprofit effort, but Tran said she'd like to see an entire category in the app stores designated to nonprofits.
“We'll have to continue to work toward that,” Tran said.
She said she knew 1040i's media specialist Jacob Meyer, which led to the app development for the organization.
Meyer said in an interview via Skype from Abidjan, Ivory Coast, before the trip started that he planned to use a satellite phone to upload photos and videos to the 1040i website and app throughout the four-week trip this month in Ivory Coast.
Sections in the 1040i app include the group's blog, videos, a section to make a donation and a way for people to apply to volunteer for future trips. It also includes a map of where 1040i's efforts are concentrated and a way for people to donate. Tran said she hopes to continue to improve and update it.
“This is a really good story for other nonprofits to look to technology to improve how they reach for volunteers and supporters,” Tran said.