CIS Student and West Michigan Man Collaborate on an App for Migrant Workers
May 05, 2017
A West Michigan man, Feliciano Paredes, and a GVSU Computer Information Systems graduate student, Xaiomei Huang, have collaborated in creating an app that is being referred to as “Yelp” for farmworkers. This new app, called Campesino SOS (Farmworker SOS), is helping migrant and seasonal farmworkers connect with farmers who need help. It is also helping them connect with clinics and legal aid should they need it.
Paredes said that until this app, migrant workers would have rely solely on word-of-mouth to find work and that these same workers often struggle to find healthcare if they happen to get sick.
Xaiomei along with faculty member Dr. Linda Chamberlain have been mentoring Paredes through the prototyping process. The app should be available to download by March and will begin only in Michigan with hopes to expand to other states in the near future.
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