How one man living on the streets of New York City hopes to make a difference.
In December, Grand created Trees for Cars. The ridesharing app, inspired by his concern for the environment, offers commuters a way to cut down on their carbon footprint by connecting drivers with local commuters. The driver chooses a meeting point, the app finds nearby riders, and driver and rider are connected if both accept the invitation to carpool. The app also shows how much carbon dioxide the passengers saved, using a competitive gaming element to encourage people to save more. The app is available on iOS and Android platforms for $0.99, and a second edition is currently in development. Grand, who hopes to apply for a job as a programmer, plans to use the proceeds to rent his own apartment and work on further projects.
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