iCondom, is a part crowd sourced, part awareness, part social and part location app. Above all, it is a much needed, less talked about and most useful app. iCondom works well when more people use the app and probably condoms too. As the app is newly launched, the information is densely available for Paris and the US. When more people across the globe start using it, the app becomes more relevant to other regions as well.
iCondom app uses your geo location (make sure to turn it on) to provide details for the nearest condom dispensers, just like Foursquare tells you where the nearest places to eat are. You can add new places and also add comments or tips for each place.
MTV’s Staying Alive, a global youth HIV awareness program, has joined forces with the app in order to push youngsters to log the locations of nearby condom machines, to encourage safer sex. (Pocket-Lint)
iCondom has the potential to burst a lot of taboos around condoms. It cannot solve the problem or ‘embarrassment’ involved in asking for a condom in a store but it sure can avoid the embarrassment of looking for a place to get condoms. At times, that might be the only thing one really want.
While quite a few people think crowd sourcing provides data with poor quality, for initiatives like this, that’s the only way to get any kind of data. After all, some data is better than no data.
The app is free so, go download the app and see if helps you in any way. If not, just spread the word. There could be people needing it.