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5 World-Changing Apps That Actually Make a Difference

Written by Natalie Cheung

Photo by Saulo Mohana on Unsplash

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As part of a revolutionary generation, we are well aware that technology in the 21st century is completely groundbreaking and advancing at a rapid pace.  As a result, we often imagine impactful technologies to appear in the form of inaccessible AI, CRISPR or a Sensing City.  However, the power to change the world is closer to us than it appears.  These five world-changing apps can make all the difference!

Also, with completely free apps available for download, we enable ourselves to feed the hungry, reduce destructive food waste, raise money for charity and save pounds of carbon dioxide.  Ready to find out more?

Feedback

With deals exclusive to Toronto, Feedback is an app that matches hungry customers to restaurants with excess food. ⅓ of the world’s food goes to waste. And this has resulted in 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste being created each year

It’s ridiculous that people go hungry while perfectly good food heads to the landfill.  This app combats that issue. Moreover, you gain access to exclusive prices and with every purchase, a meal is donated to a local person in need. 

Interested in this idea but live outside of Toronto?  There’s good news. Flashfood is another app with a similar concept.  You’ll save money and the environment by visiting partnered stores all across Canada.

Feedback is available on IOS and Android.
Flashfood is available on IOS and Android.

feedback app
Photo taken from Feedback

Charity Miles

With over 40 partnered charities, Charity Miles rewards users by donating to an organization of their choice with every mile they run, walk, or bike.  If you’re already an avid fundraiser, an athlete, or someone working towards an active lifestyle, Charity Miles brings you the chance to take your efforts to the next level. With a Pledge Page, your friends can sponsor your fundraising journey. While doing so, they get access to draws with unique prizes!  So far, over $2.5 million dollars has been raised by Charity Miles’ users. Be a changemaker and join the movement with these world-changing apps.

Charity Miles is available on IOS and Android.

charity miles app
Photo taken from Charity Miles

Freerice

Just as the name suggests, Freerice donates free rice!  For every question players get correct in this fun trivia game, the monetary equivalent of 10 grains of rice is donated to the World Food Programme.  This money may be used for more than just rice. It is allocated to where aid is needed most, whether that be healthcare or education. Additionally, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this educational game; Freerice sports 5 difficulty levels and various categories such as Global Goals and World Geography.  

Freerice is available on IOS and Android.

freerice app
Photo taken from Freerice

Joulebug

With environmental activists like Greta Thunberg making headlines every other day, it’s clear that climate change is a hot topic.  Do you plan to reduce your carbon footprint? Do you have any idea where to start? World-changing apps can help! Joulebug enables us to effectively use resources by providing tips on saving electricity, water, paper, and more.  Join a Challenge nationwide or within your community to compete for a title as the “greenest”. Joulebug’s Trophy Case tracks your impact, so the actions you take don’t go to waste.  A more sustainable future can be yours today.

Joulebug is available on IOS and Android.

joulebug app
Photo taken from Joulebug

ParticipACTION

We’re powerless in many ways, but we also hold a vast domain of control.  In order to revolutionize the world, change must first occur within ourselves.  Furthermore, mental and physical health are intimately linked—what you do to your body has consequences for your mind.  As a student on the go, you might find it hard to sneak in some physical activity. ParticipACTION helps Canadians move more to promote healthy living. Basically, the app’s content is entirely based on research that’s backed up by doctors and scientists.  By following their customized tips and suggestions, you have a chance to win prizes. ParticipACTION aims to show Canada that “everything gets better when you get active”.

ParticipACTION is available on IOS and Android.

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Photo taken from ParticipACTION

It’s entirely within your reach to be a change maker.  Revolutionize the world with one of these five world-changing apps.

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