Hobba
Describe the problem that you want to address. How does this problem effect people in their daily lives?

The existing public transport services in Famagusta are insufficient, under-used, and contribute to the rising number of car drivers on the roads of Famagusta. At any given time of day, many cars can be observed that are occupied by only one or two people, with three or four car seats remaining unoccupied. Being a university town, there are many people living in Famagusta who do not have cars, whose options to travel within and to/from Famagusta are limited, and usually quite expensive. Many events and venues that appeal to youth are based in cities such as Nicosia and Kyrenia. While it is possible to travel there during the day, after 7pm, the only option to travel back to Famagusta is by taxi. By using  Bıdıbıdı Cars, young people living in Famagusta will be able to attend events in other cities. While not everyone with a car may be willing to give a ride to a stranger, those who want to carry out a random act of kindness and meet new people, will have a platform for coordinating their travel arrangements. The primary users of Bıdıbıdı Cars is expected to be young adults living in or visiting Famagusta.

Describe your proposed solution – How does your approach build on or add to more traditional ways of dealing with problem?
Hobba is envisioned as a digitally-arranged hitch-hiking service where people needing a ride will be able to find people with a car, using the Internet. Users with cars will be able to update their status, informing other users when and where they will be travelling to (within & to/from Famagusta). Users who need a ride will be able to contact users who are travelling in their desired direction. Users may also contribute images, written posts, etc. on various themes to the Hobba Car site. One of the themes may be 'The Environment' and an example comment may be, "There are flamingos in the Gulseren lake! - Just passed by with (name of person they are travelling with)", accompanied by a picture of the flamingos in the lake. Other users on the site will receive information about events taking place around the Famagusta region, and potentially join in.
Which technologies are you planning to use and why? Please make reference to other similar uses of your proposed technology.

Hobba may be a practical, inexpensive, and friendlier (both environmentally and socially) alternative to people's daily travel experiences. People offering a ride and people in need of a ride will share each others company, they may split the petrol bill (optional), and may inform online users about events taking place in the Famagusta region (optional). In the event that Hobba Car receives substanial interest, the site is likely to turn into a sustainable business, which would in turn attract advertisements that will generate revenue, creating job opportunities for unemployed youth in the Famagusta region. Following from this, Hobba Cars could serve as an online alternative business model for young entrepreneurs in the Famagusta region. Hobba Cars may also serve as a means for individuals to meet new people, to find out about other cultures, and hopefully contribute to reducing traffic on the roads of Famagusta.