Duration: 3 Weeks / 6 Member
Contribution: Field Research, Concept Generation, UI/UX Design, Usability Test
Vituu offers a service of buying and selling waste on a standardised platform where the users don’t need to worry about transportation. Vituu provides values from financial benefits for the members of the waste management system to ecological benefits from a higher value being placed on waste.
/ Work Flow
/ Field Research
We conducted 3 rounds of field research and 5 times of focus groups with users including recycling business leaders, waste collectors and community managers. We experienced waste-recycling process directly with collectors in Dandora dumping site.
/ Opportunity Analysis
During the research, we received many complains. Recyclers complained that it is hard for them to collect enough PET everyday even they provide really competitive price. But collectors complain that the PET price is too low to collect so they never collect this type of plastic. And Brokers complain that communication cost so much energy and low efficiency.
After hearing all those facial complains, we created an ecosystem map for the whole waste management system to find the key root of all the problem. We found it is a systematic problem with three discrepancies: Price / Information / Transportation.
This insight becomes our starting point to redesign the system.
- A waste transaction system.
- A platform that provides transparent price information for the seller.
A platform that provide transportation service to increase efficiency of the whole waste management system.
- Provide sellers financial benefits and convenience of transferring wastes.
- Provide brokers a stable income source by hiring them and renting them trucks.
- Provide recyclers a stable waste source.
- Increase the efficiency of the whole waste management system to finally provide the ecological benefits to the environment.
We did two rounds of user test and user interview to verify our idea both with dumping site collectors and local recyclers. The feedback we received was all positive. Recyclers said they are willing to invest this idea to regulate the whole waste management system in Nairobi. Collectors said our concept can solve the main inconveniences in their daily life and they are willing to have a try.
We came up with around four solutions and then picking and merging them together to form the final idea.
Key basis of decision:
- Around 60% collectors and 90% brokers have smartphones. Besides, there is a local non-smartphone system called USSD which is perfect and easy for us to use. So the sellers' app will both have smartphone version and USSD version.
- Drivers need smartphones to navigate. So we will hire drivers and rent them trucks and smartphones. Drivers' app will only have smartphone version.
- Buyers are mainly big recyclers. So the buyers' version will be a backstage system.
Here, I mainly displayed the smartphone version for seller side and driver side.