Drivepadi Technologies: Building Airbnb For Car Rentals In Africa

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Drivepadi Technologies: Building Airbnb For Car Rentals In Africa

Applicant name:

Kings Ghedosa

Team member name:

Abiodun Hodonu

Team member name:

Seun Oyedele

Team member name:

Adeoye Fawas

Team member name:

Otasowie Aigbe

Team member name:

Famous Ubiokor

Pitch: A one-liner elevator pitch version of your proposal

Drivepadi revolutionizes car rental in Africa, providing a peer-to-peer platform for affordable and accessible transportation solutions.

Total Request (USD):

$45000.00 USD

Have you previously received a grant from Zcash Community Grants (formerly called ZOMG) or ZF?


Are you seeking or have you received funding from other sources for this proposed project?


Please provide details on funding amount, funding source, and any other relevant information.

We were awarded $5,000 by Deep Funding. Here is the link Drivepadi Technologies: Building Airbnb for Car Rentals in Africa – Deepfunding

Applicant background:

Our diverse and talented team is the driving force behind Drivepadi’s success:

Kings Ghedosa (CEO & Founder): An experienced entrepreneur with a background in tech and business management, leading the company’s vision and growth, responsible for overall project vision, strategy, and coordination.

Abiodun Hodonu (CTO & Co-founder): A tech-savvy professional, responsible for the platform’s development and technical excellence including blockchain integration.

Seun Oyedele (Head of Marketing): A creative marketer with a strong track record of user acquisition and engagement, will develops and executes marketing strategies,manages community engagement and outreach.

Adeoye Fawas (Software Developer): Manages the user interface and overall user experience.

Otasowie Aigbe (Lead Product Designer): Experience skilled product designer crafting exceptional user experience

Famous Ubiokor (Designer): A skilled designer crafting exceptional user experience

Description of Problem or Opportunity:

Drivepadi tackles the challenge of limited transportation access in Africa, especially in Nigeria, where public transportation infrastructure is lacking. Their peer-to-peer car rental platform offers a solution by connecting car owners with renters, creating a decentralized marketplace for on-demand transportation. Utilizing Zcash’s blockchain ensures enhanced security and privacy for users during rental transactions.

The value Drivepadi brings to the Zcash ecosystem includes:

  1. Economic Participation: Drivepadi allows car owners to monetize their vehicles, fostering economic empowerment and financial inclusion in communities where car ownership is limited.

  2. Community Engagement: By promoting peer-to-peer interaction and shared mobility, Drivepadi strengthens social connections and community ownership.

  3. Privacy and Security: Leveraging Zcash’s privacy features, Drivepadi prioritizes user privacy and security, enhancing trust and confidence among users.

Overall, Drivepadi’s innovative approach addresses a critical need for accessible transportation in Africa while contributing to the growth and sustainability of the Zcash ecosystem.

Proposed Solution: Describe the solution at a high level.

Drivepadi’s peer-to-peer car rental platform utilizes Zcash’s privacy-focused blockchain technology to facilitate secure and private transactions between car owners and renters. The platform caters to various user groups, including car owners looking to monetize their vehicles, renters in need of transportation, Zcash holders interested in using ZEC for transactions, Zcash core developers ensuring compatibility and security, wallet developers enabling seamless ZEC payments, and DeFi users seeking investment opportunities. By serving as a bridge between car owners and renters, Drivepadi provides a secure, private, and efficient platform for peer-to-peer car rental transactions while leveraging Zcash’s blockchain to enhance trust and confidentiality.

Solution Format: What is the exact form of the final deliverable you’re creating?

The final deliverable of Drivepadi’s solution is a comprehensive peer-to-peer car rental platform, accessible via a user-friendly website and mobile application. The platform will include the following components:

  1. Website: A responsive and intuitive website where users can browse vehicle listings, view rental details, and make bookings. The website will serve as the primary interface for users to access Drivepadi’s services and manage their rental transactions.

  2. Mobile Application: A mobile application compatible with iOS and Android devices, providing users with a convenient and on-the-go solution for renting vehicles. The mobile app will offer the same features and functionality as the website, optimized for seamless navigation and user experience on mobile devices.

  3. Backend Infrastructure: A robust backend infrastructure to support the platform’s operations, including user authentication, listing management, booking processing, payment handling, and communication between users. The backend infrastructure will ensure scalability, reliability, and security for Drivepadi’s platform.

  4. Zcash Integration: Integration with Zcash’s blockchain technology to enable secure and private transactions using ZEC for rental payments. Drivepadi’s platform will leverage Zcash’s privacy features to protect users’ financial privacy and confidentiality during rental transactions.

  5. User Manuals and Guides: User manuals, guides, and documentation to assist users in navigating the platform, creating listings, making bookings, and conducting rental transactions. These resources will provide step-by-step instructions and tips to help users maximize the value and functionality of Drivepadi’s platform.

Overall, Drivepadi’s final deliverable will be a comprehensive and user-centric peer-to-peer car rental platform, accessible via web and mobile interfaces, integrated with Zcash’s blockchain technology to ensure privacy, security, and trust in rental transactions.

Technical Approach: Dive into the how of your project. Describe your approaches, components, workflows, methodology, etc. Bullet points and diagrams are appreciated!

Technical Approach:

  1. Platform Architecture:
  • Microservices Architecture: Utilize a microservices architecture to modularize components and ensure scalability, flexibility, and maintainability.

  • Frontend-Backend Separation: Separate frontend and backend components to enable independent development and deployment.

  • Cloud Infrastructure: Host the platform on cloud infrastructure providers like AWS or Google Cloud for scalability and reliability.

  1. Backend Development:
  • Technologies: Use Node.js and Express.js for backend development to build RESTful APIs for handling user authentication, listing management, booking processing, and payment handling.

  • Database: Implement a relational database (e.g., PostgreSQL) for storing user data, vehicle listings, booking information, and transaction records.

  • Authentication: Implement JWT-based authentication for secure user authentication and authorization.

  1. Frontend Development:
  • Technologies: Utilize modern frontend frameworks/libraries like React.js or Angular for building responsive and interactive user interfaces.

  • UI/UX Design: Focus on intuitive design and user experience to simplify navigation, streamline workflows, and enhance usability.

  • Mobile Optimization: Ensure mobile responsiveness and optimize the frontend for seamless user experience on various devices.

  1. Zcash Integration:
  • Zcash Wallet Integration: Integrate Zcash wallet functionality into the platform to enable users to send and receive ZEC for rental transactions.

  • Shielded Transactions: Implement shielded transactions to ensure privacy and confidentiality for ZEC payments, leveraging Zcash’s privacy features.

  • Payment Gateway Integration: Integrate Zcash payment gateway APIs to facilitate seamless and secure ZEC transactions within the platform.

  1. Security and Privacy:
  • Encryption: Implement encryption mechanisms to protect sensitive user data, such as passwords and personal information, both in transit and at rest.

  • Secure Coding Practices: Adhere to secure coding practices to mitigate common security vulnerabilities, such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and CSRF attacks.

  • Regular Audits: Conduct regular security audits and penetration testing to identify and address potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the platform.

  1. Testing and Quality Assurance:
  • Unit Testing: Write unit tests for backend and frontend components to ensure code quality, reliability, and maintainability.

  • Integration Testing: Perform integration testing to validate interactions between different components and ensure seamless functionality.

  • User Acceptance Testing: Conduct user acceptance testing (UAT) to gather feedback from users and identify any usability issues or bugs before deployment.

  1. Deployment and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD):
  • CI/CD Pipelines: Implement CI/CD pipelines using tools like Jenkins or GitLab CI/CD to automate build, test, and deployment processes, ensuring rapid and reliable deployment of new features and updates.

  • Containerization: Containerize application components using Docker for consistency and portability across different environments.

  • Orchestration: Utilize container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes for managing containerized applications and scaling resources dynamically based on demand.

With these detailed technical approach, Drivepadi will develop a robust, secure, and scalable peer-to-peer car rental platform integrated with Zcash’s blockchain technology to ensure privacy, security, and trust in rental transactions.

Dependencies: What external entities is your project dependent on? What involvement is required from ZF, ECC, and/or other external organizations? Who would have to incorporate your work in order for it to be usable?

Drivepadi’s project relies on external entities like the Zcash Foundation (ZF) and the Electric Coin Company (ECC) for technical support, guidance, and integration with Zcash’s privacy features. Additionally, Drivepadi collaborates with other organizations for payment processing, insurance, and regulatory compliance. To be usable, Drivepadi requires active participation from car owners and renters, as well as engagement from Zcash network participants and its development team for maintenance and updates. This collaborative effort aims to create a secure, decentralized platform for peer-to-peer car rentals while leveraging the benefits of Zcash’s blockchain technology.

Execution risks: What obstacles do you expect? What is most likely to go wrong? Which unknown factors could jeopardize success? Who would have to incorporate your work in order for it to be usable?

Drivepadi faces execution risks including technical challenges in platform development, regulatory compliance hurdles, and the need to attract user adoption in a competitive market. Integrating blockchain technology and ensuring security are also key concerns, as well as dependency on third-party partnerships. To mitigate these risks, Drivepadi must adopt thorough planning, collaboration with experts, and agile development practices.

Unintended Consequences: What are the negative ramifications if your project is successful? Consider usability, stability, privacy, integrity, availability, decentralization, interoperability, maintainability, technical debt, requisite education, etc.

Drivepadi’s success in creating a secure and user-friendly car rental platform could lead to unintended consequences. These include usability issues, stability concerns, privacy considerations, data integrity risks, availability challenges, decentralization issues, interoperability hurdles, maintainability concerns, and the need for user education. To address these, Drivepadi will prioritize user experience, platform stability, privacy protection, regulatory compliance, decentralization, interoperability, maintainability, and user education throughout its development and implementation.

Evaluation plan: What metrics for success will you share with the community once you’re done? In addition to quantitative metrics, what qualitative metrics will you commit to report?

Drivepadi prioritizes transparency and accountability by sharing progress and impact metrics with the community. Quantitative metrics include user acquisition, active users, rental transactions, revenue generated, ZEC transactions, user satisfaction, and platform uptime. Qualitative metrics encompass user feedback, community engagement, regulatory compliance, privacy and security measures, partnerships, and education efforts. Drivepadi will regularly communicate these metrics through its website, blog posts, social media, and community forums to build trust and demonstrate its positive impact on the Zcash ecosystem and beyond.

Hardware/Software total budget:

$15000.00 USD

Please provide justification for the total hardware/software budget:

The $15,000 hardware/software budget for Drivepadi is justified as follows:

  1. Infrastructure Costs: Covers cloud hosting services for scalability and performance.
  2. Development Tools: Provides necessary software licenses and tools for efficient development.
  3. Security Software: Allocates funds for cybersecurity tools to protect user data.
  4. Compliance Tools: Includes expenses for regulatory compliance solutions.
  5. Licensing Fees: Accounts for software licensing and subscription costs.

This budget ensures a reliable infrastructure, essential development tools, regulatory compliance, and cybersecurity measures for Drivepadi’s peer-to-peer car rental platform.
Services total budget (cloud, hosting, etc.):

$20000.00 USD

Please provide justification for the total services budget:

The $20,000 services budget for Drivepadi is justified as follows:

  1. Legal Consulting: Ensures compliance with regulations, licensing, and contractual agreements.

  2. Cybersecurity Audits: Identifies vulnerabilities and strengthens security measures.

  3. Marketing: Raises awareness, attracts users, and promotes platform adoption.

  4. Community Outreach: Engages with users, gathers feedback, and builds trust.

  5. Regulatory Compliance: Navigates complex regulatory landscapes and ensures adherence.

These services are essential for Drivepadi’s successful development, launch, and operation.

Compensation total budget:

$10000.00 USD

Please provide justification for the total compensation budget:

The $10,000 compensation budget for Drivepadi is allocated to various team members and roles essential for the project’s success:

  1. Development Team: Skilled software engineers, front-end and back-end developers, and blockchain developers contribute to platform development.

  2. Design Team: User experience (UX) designers, graphic designers, and UI developers create intuitive interfaces and cohesive brand assets.

  3. Project Management: Project managers oversee planning, execution, and delivery to ensure project milestones are met.

  4. Quality Assurance: QA engineers conduct rigorous testing to identify bugs and ensure platform functionality.

  5. Community Management: Community managers engage with users, gather feedback, and build user loyalty.

  6. Consultants and Advisors: External experts provide specialized guidance and industry knowledge.

These compensations ensure Drivepadi can attract top talent, manage resources effectively, maintain quality, and engage with the community throughout the project lifecycle.
Do you require startup funding?


Milestone 1 - estimated completion date:


Milestone 1 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:


Deliverable 1.1

Milestone 1: Platform Development Initiation Deliverable 1.1: Finalize Technical Architecture Description: Define the technical architecture of Drivepadi’s platform, including database schema, API endpoints, and integration with Zcash’s blockchain. Verification: Review technical documentation and architecture diagrams to ensure alignment with project requirements. Deliverable 1.2: Set Up Development Environment Description: Configure development environments for the frontend and backend teams, including IDEs, version control systems, and project management tools. Verification: Verify successful setup and access to development environments by team members. Deliverable 1.3: Initial Backend Development Description: Begin backend development tasks, such as user authentication, database schema implementation, and basic API endpoints. Verification: Review code commits and conduct code reviews to ensure adherence to coding standards and project requirements.

Milestone 2 - estimated completion date:


Milestone 2 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:


Deliverable 2.1

Milestone 2: Platform Prototype Completion Deliverable 2.1: Frontend Prototype Development Description: Develop frontend prototypes for key user interfaces, including vehicle listings, booking forms, and user dashboards. Verification: Review frontend prototypes for functionality, responsiveness, and alignment with design mockups. Deliverable 2.2: Backend Functionality Implementation Description: Implement core backend functionality, including user authentication, listing management, booking processing, and Zcash integration. Verification: Test backend functionality through automated tests and manual testing to ensure proper operation and data integrity. Deliverable 2.3: Initial User Testing Description: Conduct initial user testing with a small group of testers to gather feedback on platform usability, performance, and functionality. Verification: Collect and analyze user feedback to identify areas for improvement and iterate on platform design and functionality.

Milestone 3 - USD value of payout upon completion of deliverables:


Milestone 3 - estimated completion date:


Deliverable 3.1

Milestone 3: Platform Beta Release Deliverable 3.1: Frontend Optimization Description: Optimize frontend performance, responsiveness, and user experience based on feedback from initial user testing. Verification: Measure frontend performance metrics, such as page load times and responsiveness, and ensure improvements are implemented. Deliverable 3.2: Backend Stability Enhancements Description: Enhance backend stability, scalability, and security based on feedback from initial user testing and performance monitoring. Verification: Conduct stress testing and security audits to identify and address any backend issues or vulnerabilities. Deliverable 3.3: Public Beta Release Description: Release Drivepadi’s platform in public beta to a wider audience for testing and feedback. Verification: Monitor platform usage, gather feedback from beta users, and iterate on platform improvements based on user input.

Total proposed USD value of grant:

$45000.00 USD

How was the project timeline determined?

The project timeline for Drivepadi was determined collaboratively, considering key factors:

  1. Project Scope: Defined features and deliverables set boundaries for the project’s duration.

  2. Resource Availability: Assessed human and technical resources to ensure feasibility.

  3. Dependencies and Constraints: Factored in external dependencies and constraints like budget limitations.

  4. Risk Management: Identified and addressed potential risks with contingency plans.

  5. Iterative Development Approach: Adopted agile methodologies for flexibility and adaptability.

  6. Feedback and Review Processes: Established regular feedback loops for stakeholder input and adjustments.

By considering these factors, Drivepadi developed a realistic and achievable project timeline for successful execution.

Hi @Ghedosa - Welcome to the forum, and thank you for submitting your grant proposal! We will review it in the upcoming weeks and reach out if we have any questions.

In the meantime, if you have any questions for us, you can post them to this thread or DM us at @ZcashGrants.

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Alright many thanks @aquietinvestor. Quick question. Can i post more than one proposal?

Yes, that is fine. We will consider each proposal on its own merits. Thanks.

@Ghedosa Thank you for your submission. After consideration from @ZcashGrants and sufficient time for the community to provide feedback on the forum, the committee has decided to reject this proposal as it is out of scope.

The committee appreciates your grant submission efforts and encourages you to continue as an active member of the Zcash community going forward, both here on the forum and in the below avenues as well: