Inspiration

We were inspired by..

How difficult it is to find information relating to social services in a quick and easy way. There are services like this available, like the phone line 211, but they are not widely known, and not particularly easy to use. We realized that a way of easily communicating these services to the people who need them would be beneficial to them, and to society as a whole.

What it does

It takes social service resources from around the web and puts them all together in a quick, easy, and accurate site. Services like rent assistance, shelters, soup kitchens, and subsidized housing are just a few of the services that are easily linked through the site.

How we built it

Formatted the site using Bulma, built the app using React Native, and used postgresql to build the database. Most of the components were made using javascript.

Challenges we ran into

  • Getting everything installed
  • Javascript in general. We chose this language because it was the greatest common denominator for the services we wanted to implement.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Our website works!
  • It shows the user what it should, and it has an admin page.

What we learned

  • How to use and integrate Pug and Bulma
  • More about web programming
  • The amount of work required to build something is much, much more than one may think.
  • Technology changes really quickly, so packages we may have used in the past don't necessarily work now.

What's next for Boost

  • Host the database on azure, bring in more users, and generally make the website and app easier to use and more accurate.
  • Add a way for admins to add services.
  • Add multilingual support.

Interdisciplinary Award

James Ossam - Computer Science Yuya Yabe - Philosophy and Computer Science and Math Peter Ferguson - Computer Science and Engineering Micaela Gallegos - Political Science, Computer Science Minor Emma Pollans - Computer Science, Political Science Minor

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