In such a delicate moment as the one we are experiencing today, each of us is wondering how to make a contribution. So, many people and many companies in every field have helped by bringing innovative and original ideas to life.
Something happened at Mia‑Platform as well. The initial personal idea was to collect and share a list of neighborhood shops with delivery service, but it grew to become a collective initiative involving many people in the company.
The goal was to create a digital tool, a site, and an app, which would allow people to find stores and all small grocery shops with a delivery service, so as to avoid the long lines at supermarkets and support minor traders in trouble.
Sunday afternoon. First weeks of lockdown. The news tells about endless lines at supermarkets and small traders in serious economic troubles.
Chiara, who belongs to Mia‑Platform’s communication team, suggested Federico and Giulio, CEO and CTO of the company, to create a shared file within the company highlighting small local groceries that make home delivery. “Okay,” was the answer.
But we can do better. Federico (another one!), a longtime developer of the company, had the idea: “why don’t we go back to our origins – Mia-Platform was born as an app publishing project – and develop an app that can help everyone find stores with delivery services?
The “okay” answer became: “We support you, both operationally and economically”. Other teammates joined Chiara and Federico: Tommaso, Davide, Francesca, Simone, Giulia, Antonio, Federico, and then Sofia, Nicolò, Edoardo, and many others who dedicated body and soul in the evening (and at night), to develop the project. First of all, the company management was very enthusiastic on that Sunday and stepped up: the CTO himself laid the foundations of the work with the newly formed team.
Within a weekend, the first version of the website was released: a list and, thanks to the geolocation, a map providing information about the stores with delivery service. A filter is also in place, to select the type of product: fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, personal care, household goods, etc.
In a few days, thanks to Mia‑Platform’s DevOps Console and the runtime components which are provided by the platform to accelerate the development of APIs and microservices, it was possible to launch the project. More and more people slowly joined the project that has become truly collaborative. The work of data entry and research of information about the grocery shops was precious until the form for adding shops was installed. Now even residents and shop owners can add stores and make them immediately visible on the platform.
The publication of the website was immediately followed by iOS and Android apps.