#HackfromHome - an anti-viral virtual hackathon.

We’re giving people a chance to respond with action, working together to improve the lives of everyone affect by the Coronavirus. Our goal is to band together to help communities, patients, and their families better using what we know best - technology.

If possible, these ideas should preserve the privacy of individuals through the use of Personal Data Accounts. For more information on Personal Data Accounts read this.



ShoppingAid - Decrease panic buying, decrease spending habits, make shopping easier even after COVID

Name: ShoppingAid


  1. Panic buying

  2. Empty stock, leads to more panic

  3. Inflating prices and therefore costs to households that may be losing income

  4. Accessibility issues due to infection control

  5. Same shopping list each week?

  6. Many startups made purely for COVID will be dissolved after the pandemic is over


ShoppingAid is a mobile phone application:

  1. Users record approximate stock levels in supermarkets. Users include both visitors to the supermarket and shop assistants.

  2. Users at home can see these stock levels prior to setting out of the supermarket

  3. Approximate stocking updates can be given

  4. Machine learning algorithms can predict the use of stock in supermarkets based on customer buying

  5. Prices in each supermarket will also be listed

  6. Users can input their shopping list into the app and see where the best supermarket for them to shop at is - dependant on distance and price and availability of stock

    1. Distance will be based upon geolocation of user

  7. Users can scan their receipts into the app to record what they bought and for what price

    1. This will feed into the system to update our algorithms

    2. This can be used by the user for tracking their own spending/buying habits

    3. Past scanned receipts can be copied to make a current shopping list

      1. Optional: An algorithm can be made to predict your shopping list each week, dependant on past purchases

        1. This will feed into Solution #6

  8. The use of the app should allow a click and collect, such that customers can select their shopping from their shop. And then travel to collect the shopping.

    1. Potential ability to work with businesses, to offer a drive-through experience to reduce social contact

  9. We can offer a click, collect and deliver option led by volunteers for the elderly population who are self-isolating.

    1. Option to register users as volunteers to deliver and match based on location

Current Team:

Dr Jamil Shah Foridi - Co-founder - NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur

Dr Serena Patel - Co-founder

Looking for:

  • Front-end developers

  • Data scientist

  • Anybody who wants to contribute!

NHS use:

We have a lot of ideas of where we can pivot this post-hackathon for use within the NHS.

Final: Thank you for everybody for your contributions and support. I apologise that I missed a lot of messages on this, I only just saw them now.

  • Jamil Shah Foridi
  • Apr 2 2020
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  • farzana nosheen commented
    3 Apr 09:11pm

    hi, I like to be part of the team. I am a UX designer from London and like to contribute.

  • Brookes Vale commented
    3 Apr 10:59am

    Curious. What is your LinkedIn?

  • Emily Landsman commented
    3 Apr 10:49am


    This idea is AMAZING! I really love it! I also found you on LinkedIn, and i know you will make this idea great :)

    Unfortunately, I can't make the hackathon though, but good luck!

  • Jamil Shah Foridi commented
    2 Apr 09:54pm

    I've looked at the above two ideas and I think that it would be great if all three of us could collaborate on a joint venture!

    How do we form a team?

  • Kenny WK Chin commented
    2 Apr 06:13pm

    Seems like a big project. Can combine with mine as well. https://hackfromhome.ideas.aha.io/ideas/SE1-I-28

  • Monique Ho commented
    2 Apr 05:52pm

    Would be great to see how to collaborate - I have some user journeys in mind too!


  • Jamil Shah Foridi commented
    2 Apr 05:33pm

    Thank you for your comments

  • Azfar Adib commented
    2 Apr 04:38pm

    Very nice and useful project.

  • Salocin Dot TEN commented
    2 Apr 04:27pm

    Wow great idea. Quite similar to another one called onestockshop. all the best!