I was chatting with someone at a Fintech meetup and he was sharing his problem with me, something I never knew existed in the Philippines. Apparently 50% of all the LPG gas bottles in use are fake. As we were talking I was thinking how I might apply the concept of rewards to get people to update information or simply to check if the gas bottle was real.
We have two apps that could do this - Tagwild is a digital scavenger game where players can win prizes, money and points by scanning QR codes or visiting points on the map. Tagbond is an app to store and update information on physical items. Our Tagbond app didn't quite fit in with the Payments & Rewards aspects of TAG, but the idea of rewarding users to update information changes this. Communities can use the Tagbond in-app points system (or their own created in Tagcash) to reward users to update information. These points could then be used as in app currency to pay for usage of the app, instead of buying them. I am always thinking about the value of an in-app currency and how it could be used in different ways. In addition to the points, we will be also be integrating the prizes on offer from Tagwild.
To apply this solution to fake gas bottles, each tank has a serial or barcode on it, or can have a QR code added. The user would scan the code to check if it was real or not, and the user would be encouraged to do this and maybe add other information about the tank, as they might win something or get points to be used in future.
This idea could be used in other situations, so if you can think of anything please let me know in the comments below.