With foreign grandparents flying to America to visit relatives, we realized that they often struggle with layovers due to language barriers. In order to improve theirs and many others' travel experiences, we built Bilingual Buddy.
What it does
Bilingual Buddy pairs a translator to those that need translations through a web based application that can be incorporated in the screens of each American Airlines plane seat, so those that need translations could arrange for help before landing. It allow those with language barriers get to their next layover gate fast and efficiently while awarding the translator as well.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We originally had an idea at first, but the app had already been made. Therefore, we had to pivot and adapt halfway through building our project.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
For most of our group, it was our first hackathon. We were able to go from merely just an idea to a full blown viable product at the end of 24 hours. Overall, a very fun experience!
What we learned
We appreciated learning certain aspects of Firebase and Google Cloud API that allowed us to have a dynamic backend experience for the user. Finally, we learned the art of dividing and conquering and simply working together within a small team.
What's next for Bilingual Buddy
Next steps for Bilingual Buddy is deployment on your next American Airlines flight.