Ihobo

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Supported languages:

English

Cost:

Free

Educational app intended to show the user how the UK-based charity Depaul UK works with homeless young people, and to give the user an idea of a typical young homeless person’s daily activities and requirements.

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Languages

English

Countries of use

UK

Cost

Free

Developer

i. Publicis London. ii. Twentysix Mobile, UK
(Based in United Kingdom)
i. http://www.publicis.co.uk; ii. http://www.twentysixmobile.com

Funder

Depaul UK [UK-based youth homeless charity]

Medical Adviser

Depaul UK [UK-based youth homeless charity]

Features

Information Information

Summary

Educational app intended to show the user how the UK-based charity Depaul UK works with homeless young people, and to give the user an idea of a typical young homeless person’s daily activities and requirements (including food, money, and shelter).


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Reviews

Reviewer: Depaul UK
Review: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to ‘iHobo’, by the number of people it has reached, and by the conversations the app has started. We are very proud of the awards which we have won. A huge thank you to all the people who have played ‘iHobo’, Tweeted, blogged, and talked about it, and made it such an incredible success.”
Source: http://bit.ly/MeGRU3
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://www.depauluk.org
Reviewer: Recycling Lives, UK
Review: “An innovative app that allows users to download their own virtual homeless person is causing waves across the Internet. The free app called ‘iHobo’ lives on your phone for three days, and enables users to make decisions impacting their virtual homeless person’s life (such as offering food, money or emotional support). Alerts are sent to notify the user when the ‘iHobo’ needs help (similar to that of an interactive electronic pet). The app features interactive live-action video footage. It aims to break down the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding homeless people, and to see the difficulties they face living on the streets. If the user ignores his homeless friend, his life will spiral out of control. He will begin to spend his money on drugs, instead of food; he will sell his sleeping bag, and possibly even overdose on drugs.”
Source: http://bit.ly/N6GHwj
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://www.recyclinglives.org
Reviewer: Philanthropy UK
Review: “ ‘iHobo’ is a controversial awareness-raising tool that highlights the issue of homelessness through a phone app. In the app, the homeless young person wears a hoodie, takes drugs, and throws litter, and has created controversy around such stereotyping of homeless people. Through the app, the Depaul charity is looking to attract a new generation of young, affluent donors to continue its work.”
Source: http://bit.ly/NeXvAt
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://www.philanthropy-impact.org

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