Missing an egg or maybe a cup of sugar to make that batch of chocolate chip cookies? As the saying dictates, there’s an app for that.
Adam is a new Toronto-grown app designed to connect users with helpful neighbours. It functions as a two-sided marketplace that provides a network of socially screened and trusted helpers that can provide services from pet-sitting to household repairs. Maybe no cups of sugar, but it is possible to get someone to come and do all the work for a fresh batch of cookies.
The app allows users to free up time that would have been spent on menial or complicated tasks while at the same time creating local work and providing extra income. Adam users are both those who want to outsource basic work and those who want to make a quick buck around their city.
The process of finding help is safe and easy as details about each user can be found right on the app itself. Phone or text interviews can be scheduled within minutes and those looking to hire are given experience details as soon as they inquire.
Adam McLeod founded the titular app after seeing several people in his own neighbourhood struggle with daily tasks like carrying groceries and moving furniture.
Adam—both the app and the founder—focus on community involvement by giving users more chances to become a part of the world they live and grow in. This is shown through the charity donation McLeod has pledged with his app.
“We wanted to take community building to the next level by donating money on behalf of our users to four local Toronto based charities,” said McLeod. “Charities and the Adam app have a lot in common; we want to make a positive impact in our communities. We are delighted to give back to those in need by donating $20 towards a deserving charity for every task completed in the Adam app.”
This is a sizable donation, considering Adam users set their own prices and, for small tasks like walking the dog or shovelling snow, may not cost too much.
The app looks to promote networking between users and get people to interact with the vibrant community they live in but may not see much of. Adam hopes to instill a new era of connectedness and trust in metropolitan areas, a somewhat noble task, but definitely doable for those who need couches moved but don’t have a friend with a pick-up truck.
The app could be good news for Generation Z as they look to embrace the gig economy more and more. Adam is currently available for iOS users and will come to Android devices in 2018.