In light of recent events, it is important to encourage individuals to be a part of the change that is required to make our society a better and more inclusive space for everyone. This means that we must no longer hold children in cages at the border, we must support the BLM movement to promote equality and fair treatment regardless of race, and we must go out and vote to help improve the circumstances in our country. However, the pandemic has increased the work load for all individuals and the risk of Covid-19 exposure has limited our actions. Therefore, it is important to help people make their voices heard. Hence, the creation of BeTheChange, a platform that allows you to access petitions and donation links for various social issues in one place.

What it does

BeTheChange is a platform to simplify the donation and petition process for various social issues. It brings all different organizations to one place and allows individuals to not have to search for credible donation opportunities and petitions. It informs users about the social issue and provides them with an opportunity to BeTheChange they want to see in the world.

How we built it

We used Visual Studio Code as our text editor and worked with HTML, CSS, JS, and Bootstrap to build the webpage and design it to be aesthetically pleasing and easy to follow. The design is very minimal and provides users with all the information they need without unnecessary fancy features.

Challenges we ran into

Our team worked with differing time zones. All three of us are in different time zones (CDT, EDT, and GMT) which made it difficult for us to be able to work on it at the same time. Additionally, we were all occupied with other responsibilities and workshops to help us develop our skills which left us with little time to finish the project.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're proud of creating a platform that will allow others to feel heard and contribute to a better society. We are very proud of our teamwork as all of us have only known each other for two days and despite the time zone difference, we worked together to finish the project in time.

What we learned

Through the workshops and practice on coding for this project, we learned a lot about Github, HTML, CSS, and JS which we were able to implement in our project. Additionally, our own research on the social issues educated us on the reality of our society and really showed us how much change is needed to make this world a better place which only makes us more proud to have created this platform despite being very new hackers.

What's next for BeTheChange

Over time, we will be adding other social issues besides the three included on our website. We also hope to include a profile creation system that would allow users to create a profile along with a payment method. This will assist in speeding up the process as the petitions and donation fields will be automatically filled which will allow users to save time and be a part of the change.

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