A special initiative called Hellotask has been created by a group of young technology entrepreneurs. A lot of people need a housekeeper. Hellotask offers the facility of hiring domestic workers through the app. Hellotask has won the award in Business Services ICT Service Solutions for connecting the marginalized people of the country with the IT business.
Hellotask is hoping to help both the service providers and consumers. The app provides a list of household services in different packages—daily, weekly or monthly—allowing customers to schedule the service with a few swipes. The rates are disclosed beforehand, and customers can choose to pay through the maid or directly to the company.
Referring to Hellotask, TechinAsia wrote, The startups hail from six countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Singapore. As part of the program, they are set to receive S$100,000 (US$74,000) in growth funding each from Accelerating Asia’s venture arm, according to a statement.
The name created confusion, apparently. Whenever I would go to any program, even at the GP Accelerator program for instance, everyone would ask why I chose that name. People seemed to think it had something to do with actual robots. Even worse, some thought it was dehumanizing to the women working as maids. Even with the investors it was a problem. They said they wouldn’t invest if I didn’t change the name. So, we kind of had to change it this year in August.
There is a kind of insecurity and fear among the workers. Because the news of domestic workers being tortured is often seen on the pages of newspapers or on television screens. Mahmudul Hasan Likhan and Mehedi Shoron founded the app-based domestic worker service 'Hellotask' keeping in mind the solution of this problem.
As an experiment, we first announced the service on our Facebook page saying that maid service is coming soon. The post went viral which sort of validated our assumption that there is a demand for this service.
Referring to the old name of Hellotask - RobotDako, Dhaka Metro Police's own news portal wrote: If you call a housemaid in this app, she will reach your home in thirty minutes & take the payment at the end of work, as hourly.
The Hellotask CEO, Mahmudul Hasan Likhon Said on Samakal, A large portion of domestic workers have become unemployed due to coronavirus. Corona may end one day. But getting out of the long-standing question of the safety of domestic workers and their rights remains a challenge. Domestic workers who live in a client's home, work in exchange for food or shelter, are the most persecuted and abused. We want to change this place.