When we see someone sitting on the streets, homeless, waiting for something to happen, our first reaction may be to look away, ignore this sad scene. We may want to make this person invisible! But not looking, will not make this person disappear. This person needs us. What can we do to make this person visible? What can we do to change this scenario?
The problem is shaped by three characteristics:
- no home
- no assistance from the community
- no care
We present you OIKOS, a home for everyone!
According to a report by the UN Commission on Human Rights, it is estimated that there are over 100 million people who do not have a home and so live on the streets of major metropolitan centers around the world. The number represents about 1.5% of the world's population and only increases each year.
We believe that there are ways to achieve social and economic justice through technologies for the good of all people. We believe in equality, that everyone has the right to own a home, a place to live in. Taking a look at the increasing of poverty conditions of people living in streets we started this project with the mainly mission of understanding how we could help their needs and inclusion in society.
For this aim, we present you “OIKOS”, a low cost, smart and accessible house for the social inclusion of homeless people. Our solution consists in a literal house with a Parametric Design made of recycled material, such as cardboard. Low cost solar panels are also available in each Oikos house with the aim to charge during the day offering led light at night and energy. Oikos comes with colourful cultural-concept paintings that can bring beauty and life into the cities.
The Oikos houses are connected to each other forming a P2P network inside our IoT system and Wearables with a Context Sensitive program. Thus, it is possible to create a geo-referred map of the needs of each OIKOS’ resident. The Oikos house is equipped with “buttons of needs”, as for example one for food and water and another for clothes and hygiene things. This data will be send to an community app to establish the relationship from the Oikos’ residents with the society promoting inclusion and social participation of all. Our Smart City system is responsible for all this data consolidation, generating a connection between the society and the people in need.
With the app, each user may donate a percentage of their Internet for the Oikos’ residents. With that, Oikos’s residents can have access to Internet.
A vision of future for the Oikos houses is that can become big energy generators for the population giving back what they received, establishing a sustainable exchange movement between the society and the Oikos’ residents. Possible partnerships with online courses institutions can be made with the objective to offer a professionalizing opportunities for the Oikos residents.