Metropolitan Ministries
Synapse Challenge

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Metropolitan Ministries
Synapse Challenge

 

Challenge Overview:

In March 2018, Metropolitan Ministries, challenged the community to help meet an unanticipated but urgent need to respond to homeless community members requesting assistance via their Facebook page.  

Metropolitan Ministries initially designed their social media presence to engage current and potential donors, and found they were not equipped to manage the overwhelming outreach from those in immediate need, often outside of regular business hours.  

 

Prize Money

$10,000

Sponsored by
Metropolitan Ministries & Connectwise

Info Session:

Registration Deadline:

Submissions Due:

Pitch Party:
March 24th, 2018

Questions:
info@synapsefl.com

Challenge Overview:

In March 2018, Metropolitan Ministries, challenged the community to help meet an unanticipated but urgent need to respond to homeless community members requesting assistance via their Facebook page.  

Metropolitan Ministries initially designed their social media presence to engage current and potential donors, and found they were not equipped to manage the overwhelming outreach from those in immediate need, often outside of regular business hours.  

 

Prize Money

$10,000

Sponsored by
Metropolitan Ministries & Connectwise

Info Session:

Registration Deadline:

Submissions Due:

Pitch Party:
March 24th, 2018

Questions:
info@synapsefl.com

The Solution:

At the 2018 Synapse Innovation Summit, several individuals presented solutions to Tim Marks, President of Metropolitan Ministries.  The winner, Matt Spaulding, built an artificial intelligence (AI) bot with that engages in a predictive manner with those in need, enabling faster care at difficult times. This engine connects to Facebook Messenger and allows the organization to help those in need quickly, solving a major challenge for the mission.

Metropolitan Ministries is launching an updated website in Fall of 2019 and integrating this innovative technology to optimize resources and better serve the community.  

In addition, Matt has since built his tech into a new company, recently incorporated, called Givvn, now designed to help non-profits increase donor engagement and donation collection.  As of September 2018, Matt had 6 new clients to pilot his technology.