Indonesian students created an application to help hawkers in raising their incomes.


As we know that online food delivery service has grown rapidly. In fact, we are getting busier with ordering food online during this pandemic. Technology facilitates the fulfillment of this need. Food hawkers from street foods to restaurants can sell their products online and they understand how to use online platforms. But what about the small-medium enterprises that don't have a smartphone or even can't understand how to access the online platforms?

Young people from West Nusa Tenggara, Jakarta, and Bandung solve this problem. They are M. Dio Damiyati and Vahiya Prananta from Jakarta State Islamic University, Jihadysah Faa’iz and Kafin Mufid from Bandung Institute of Technology, Riski Rismawan and Budi Setiawan from University of Mataram. They finally created an application called "Kaki Keenam". 

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They learned machine learning, cloud computing, and Android in Bangkit program. Bangkit is the program collaboration of Kampus Merdeka with Google, Gojek, Tokopedia, and Traveloka. These three lessons are combined to create a final project that has the potential to become a startup in the future. 

"Kaki Keenam is an application that aims to meet buyer and seller from hawkers's sector. When food online delivery is not booming yet, we just have two options when we crave at midnight: cook by ourselves or stop food hawkers who pass in front of our house. But when food online delivery comes, we are questioning is this the only way to get food for now?" Jihadysah Faa’iz says. 

This problem pushes them to design an application where the users can grab the hawkers around them. Users also call the hawkers to come to their places. So, there is no intermediary between them adds to the postage. 

“We are targeting this application for hawkers who are already familiar and comfortable with delivery applications. The difference is, with this application they can find roadside traders who may rarely be found in online delivery service applications," Faa’iz says.

So, how to meet both of them if the hawkers don't have a smartphone? Faa'iz and friends develope substitution devices that will be given to their partners. This device doesn't need smartphone and internet connection at all. They just need the buttons that will appear in Kaki Keenam application as a sign of their location, so they are easily to find. 

Basically, Kaki Keenam is socio-entrepreneurship, it means that it's not for commercial purposes. Faa'iz and friends hope that Kaki Keenam can support small entreprises in Indonesia, mainly in culinary sectors who very needs technology devices or don't familiar with online applications. They also hope that this partners are not only the hawkers, but for the pedlar who don't have permanent address that are usually become the main requirements to apply food online delivery. 

“Kaki Keenam is a non-profit project. All the help will be channeled to more merchants. At this time, we have also started discussions with various communities and people in certain areas. We plan to gather hawkers and educate them on the use of IoT applications and devices. This activity is also carried out to find out their response to Kaki Keenam," Faa'iz continues. 



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