Something remarkable happened during this year’s “Breakout” at Turbine Kreuzberg – that’s five highly anticipated days in late summer, during which the team hits pause on their daily work, people pitch project ideas of their own, and put them into practice.
Karolina Kaiser, usually one of our Delivery Managers, proposed a simple, yet powerful idea: to create an online system to help victims of domestic violence and abuse. It quickly caught the attention of an entire team of Turbinies, who first spent one and a half days brainstorming and researching various approaches to finding a widely applicable, secure way to reach out to victims. Finally, the team decided on their objective: to create an open widget that can be integrated on any website on the internet. In the end, the result of their collaboration was awarded “Biggest Impact” out of all Breakout projects – and still their work continues.
In this form, the widget can be located anywhere on the page, for example in the right or left corner at the top or bottom, and be visible without being intrusive. Since the design of the widget might not be compatible with the design of every website, the team thought about providing the same service through only a link which can be hidden inside text, a footer, or any other part of the page. With this solution, brands and organizations can join the movement and provide support, while keeping with the style that their pages already have.
Clicking on the widget itself opens an info box, which includes the number for a local phone hotline to get help based on the user’s current country, as well as a chat button as an individual offer for some NGOs in order to securely reach out to an NGO in a non-traceable way. It also explains the hand signal and its usage briefly. Moreover, the info box is planned to feature a button showing the locations of the nearest help centers as pin points on a map. Unfortunately, this feature has been deferred to future stages of the project, since a secure, untraceable, and free mapping service is yet to be found.
The overall objective is to “have all necessary information in the widget itself, so that there is no need for using other websites that might leave traces,” Senior Developer Rozbeh Sharahi adds. “We want to make it as hard as possible for abusers to prohibit their victims from getting help. An abuser can’t block all websites, so we want to make this widget as widespread as possible.”
“I’m convinced that technology must be inclusive and benefit all of us. So, I have often thought about creating something with a real impact, something that is not tied to profit.”
– Karolina Kaiser
Installing the widget takes just a couple of minutes: it is just a matter of copy paste, testing and running. Configuring the widget is also very simple and requires only choosing from a few set options. There are two different variations of the code based on countries. While using it on one’s own website, those implementing it should change the information according to their own country. (A small but important reminder: any other code snippets that are found on the internet about this widget will be fake. Only use the official tool for implementing/testing the code from the provided link!)
Note: This is an ongoing project. Stay tuned for updates!