Inspiration

Our inspiration was the underground railroad. We thought that there must be an easier and safer way for runaways to escape so we made it easy via a website. We thought for a few days about the idea and then we came up with AbolitionCoalition.

What it does

Our website serves to connect sponsors to escapees to make it safer and easier for runaways to escape slavery via the underground railroad. Our website functions by finding a viable route for slaves to escape while providing information to sponsors so that they can meet the needs of these runaways adequately making the exchange between them much smoother.

How we built it

We built our website using HTML, CSS, mysql, php, javascript, and AWS servers. We used HTML, CSS, and javascript for the front-end servers. We used mysql, php, and AWS servers for our back-end.

Challenges we ran into

Some challenges we ran into were thinking about how we were going to verify if the user is an abolitionist and not a slave owner trying to capture a runaway. We figured out that to verify we should use the phrase, “the drinking gourd” because it is a phrase that most black and abolitionists know.

Accomplishments that we are proud of

We are happy that we've linked the back-end to the front-end successfully. As a team, we are also proud of having an aesthetic website that looks professional, and we are proud that we were able to complete this project in such a short span of time.

What we learned

As a team, we’ve learned the importance of good communication, especially given current circumstances. By communicating with each other efficiently, We were able to come up with an amazing idea and successfully bring it to life within such a short span of time mainly because of how well we communicated with each other as a team.

What's next for AbolitionCoalition

The next thing we plan to do is build a mobile app for AbolitionCoalition. This will make it easier to access and a better end product. Also we plan to make our verification more robust and secure so that it is harder for slave owners to use our website.

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