You are an expatriate, new in an unknown European city and need good tips to survive. Cafébabel thought about you and will develop a citizen web app available on your smartphone that will allow you to meet other Europeans, provide you with tips from locals and make you feel at home in Europe.
Too many young people hesitate to go abroad for work or for studies because they lack sufficient language proficiency or are afraid by cultural differences. For them, expatriation is something for people that have good education and/or money.
With this app we want to encourage young people’s mobility in Europe and make it easier for them to go abroad, live new experiences and enjoy Europe as a multicultural space. We want to make them feel as if they could move in Europe as if it was their own country.
By creating links between locals and expatriates, this app wants to foster people’s cohesion in Europe and contribute to building up a sentiment of belonging between Europeans while promoting the values of solidarity and hospitality. Beyond politics, this is what Europe needs today.
Of course, the first sign of success of this app will be evaluated by the numbers of adopters but also by the numbers of contributors. Ultimately, we want to replicate this app in as many European cities as possible.
The project is also a technological innovation, as we want young Europeans to take over the project and create a collective open source application, which could be shared and improved by the community.
All in all, our ambition is to facilitate the integration of young European expatriates in other European countries and to make them feel at home in their new city. This project will encourage mobility in Europe and contribute to the sentiment of belonging to a common place. Hopefully, this project will also help people getting to know each other and creating links.
The first step is to develop a basic application that will be used as an experimental version. We will recruit and motivate 20 to 30 young volunteers from cafébabel network that will gather information in their city. Our objective is to try to have the app ready for 3 European cities and to release it in October 2015.
For the second step, the app will be open to download as a beta version only for a small number of users that will allow gathering feedback and information. We will fine-tune the editorial project and scale the project from a technological point of view.
For the third step, we will elaborate in 2016 an improved version of the app with the help of our web agency and organize a public release, including a marketing strategy involving institutional partners in Europe.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
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