Designs are developed into posters and displayed in public places, like libraries. The community votes for the best solution.


This project is ongoing. Read more about the mapping project on TechSoup's blog or on Medium.

You can download the technical documentation, including instructions on how to map a public transit system, here.

Bibliotecas Brasil

Unfortunately, the federal government of Brasil is no longer supporting the SNIIC data source and Bibliotecas Brasil is unavailable for download.

Bibliotecas Brasil GitHub link:

Caravan Studios, or another organization develops the technology solution.

Designing a Process

Caravan Studios researched the landscape of real time transit apps in the region, and realized that there are a number of apps available in Brazil. So why did so many of the public voters show their support for an app if there were so many options available for free?


Made at the Library:

designing solutions, 

solving problems,


Community members gather to discuss issues and share their experiences. Together they develop ideas that inform design solutions.

“When will the

bus arrive?”

In Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre, getting around using public transportation was the main topic. 

“Where do I take my garbage?”

Solid waste disposal was a big topic in both regions.

“How do we share what’s going on at the library?”

Librarians wanted to promote library services in both Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.


Teams design paper prototypes—drawing, cutting, pasting—to create examples of the solution they believe might solve problems.



Descartaê is live and ready for you to use! Follow these steps to get started:

1. Send an email to requesting an account. You will receive an email with your account credentials.

2. Go to and login. You can enter records of both official and community-based trash and recycling sites, drop off points, businesses, and associations. Once you’ve input trash and recyclable collection sites into the portal, they will appear on the app.

3. Tell your local community about the app and ask them to download it and use it! You can download some promotional materials here.

Feito na Biblioteca (Made at the Library) is a project of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. This project was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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