HKUST students develop app to pair helpers and employers

Two students from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed a mobile app that pairs domestic helpers in the city with employers.

Mamahelper was initiated last year by postgraduate students and classmates Yan Leung Yat-yin and Amanda So Tsz-yan when they enrolled in the school’s Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship programme.

Employers hiring domestic helpers via the app are charged from HK$1,598 to HK$5,200, depending on the type of contract. Those looking to hire a part-time helper via the app do not have to pay because no contract is needed.

Since its soft launch in September, it has attracted more than 20,000 members and on average, 3000 users were active daily. So and Leung want to roll the platform further – they hope to work with at least 200 agencies in Hong Kong, in addition to helper training schools in the Philippines and Indonesia.

“We started MamaHelpers to help employers and helpers alike. We believe in order to improve the current employment system, greater transparency is needed,” said So. “We encourage users on MamaHelpers to contribute to the community and write reviews for every helper they have employed in the past and the present, ensuring future employers know who they’re employing.”