The PositiveBid web application enables fundraisers to run mobile auctions during charity events.
PositiveBid allows charities to run silent, mobile auctions in the background at fundraising events. Attendees use their smartphone or tablet to browse through the lots being auctioned, bid on them and then pay for the lots they have won.
Crucially, bidders use their own mobile devices. This means costs are minimised for charity auction organisers, when compared to existing web-based solutions which require rented hardware. Auctions can also be run at less centralised types of event such as a charity golf day, where participants and spectators can bid from the course throughout the day.
The objective of the project is to increase the funds raised for charities, by making it easier for fundraisers to set up charitable auctions, as well as encouraging increased bidder participation through a fun and social experience.
The application can be used by fundraisers at charitable events in England and Wales free of charge, and will be available by Christmas 2012.
PositiveBid has been awarded £50,000 to develop its initial prototype into a web application that charitable fundraisers can use at their events. Nesta is also providing support by making connections with charities during the project.