We all have our share of Android and iOS apps that we use everyday. We use them to keep in touch with our loved ones, send each other pictures, watch cat videos and even send money to our friends. But what if there was an app that could plant a tree? That’s exactly what Thuru is about.
Called Facebook for Trees, Thuru is a gamified platform for planting trees. Simply plant a tree and upload images of the tree along with details of the tree. From there. You can gain points and geo tag all the trees you have planted. Score enough points and you can climb up in the leaderboard to beat your friends as a true nature hero. The longer you take care of the trees and provide images to show their progress, the more points you get. You can also use it as a seed to plant some new friendships that would branch off into numerous ways (pun intended).
Thus far, through the use of Thuru, a total of 969 trees have been planted accounting for oxygen contribution to 16 people. That is indeed quite an impressive number. But the developers are not done yet. Their goal is to plant 2 million trees by the end of 2018, thus leading to the reforestation drive initiated from Sri Lanka.
Recently Nurone Labs, an up and coming startup from the University of Moratuwa joined forces with Thuru and successfully carried out a pilot test reforestation project via the use of drone. We first saw Nurone Labs during Inspire Sri Lanka, organized by Mobitel and then again during Mora Ventures 2.0.
Built entirely from scratch by Nurone Labs, the drone can be used as a solution to reforest a large area which is inaccessible due to the terrain within a short period of time. The target of Nurone Labs and Thuru is to reach the ability to disperse one million seeds within a week by the end of 2017. Quite a lofty goal and we’re interested to see how both parties will work to achieve this.
This would obviously mean that a lot more drones would have to be created and then synced to each other in order to make distribution easier. Nonetheless, this is something that we haven’t seen and we certainly applaud both parties for their work. If you’re interested in how Thuru works, you can download it for iOS and Android.
What do you think about Thuru? Have you used it? Leave a comment below.
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