WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg-based app dubbed developed by a couple of University of Manitoba students and dubbed "Uber for snow removal" is getting its first snow shovelling test of the season today after as much as 15 cm of snow fell across the province.
U of M computer science students Alex Shao and Buhle Mwanza call their OnTheStep app and website a platform to connect homeowners with members of their community who can provide contract-free, on-demand home services. After filling out a profile noting the size of their driveway and sidewalk, users can ask for shovelling services whenever the snow starts to fall or set up automatic service.
OnTheStep was launched in partnership with the Hire-a-Refugee program to help fill the need for “Steppers”, with a focus on snow clearing. It has expanded across the country and plans to offer lawn mowing and other yard services after the snow melts.
The founders say at the core of their business is a belief in the power of helping a fellow neighbour. "Our foundations of this belief are rooted in the words of Christ to ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself’” the company explains on its website.
OnTheStep can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.