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Sanket Gupta

Design Engineer, Marvell Semiconductor

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Time based online volunteering portal.

Having been really impressed by the idea of Kiva by Jessica Jackley, I was thinking of how this idea can be extended further. My idea is for the thousands of young people in the world looking to make a change in the world but are not sure what they can do. It is basically similar to Kiva's idea but instead of lending money, people will lend their time.

The online time-based volunteering will allow people to simply log into an online portal and start connecting with people from other parts of the world who need their help. This way there will be not only cultural exchange but also social impact; all through by people connecting online. Although internet access for everyone in the world is still a major challenge. This portal will benefit both the volunteers as well as people looking for help online. These volunteers can be corporate executives, teachers, professionals or students who want to create an impact.

I look forward to hearing about your opinions on whether it is an idea that can be implemented.

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  • Sep 15 2011: Yes. I do support this, as I tried in a similar way- volunteering online many times too but it didnt work to the extent I expected. If there is a common platform for communication (the list of volunteers available along with the help seekers too) then that would be GREAT!!! Its a matter of organizing !! Like this idea!!

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