Everyday my mom goes to My vaccine and sits there reloading the page over and over again. But what if she doesn't have to do that. This app does it for her!
What it does
It will scan the website every 10 minutes to see whether there are available appointments in your area code. If there is, it will send an sms message every 24 hours to notify you.
How we built it
We used python and we connected to www.vaccinateca.org. Then we used Twilio to send the messages to the phone number. Lastly, we scheduled it so that the website checks every 10 minutes whether the number of vaccines changed. We made it so that you get a text every 24 hours about all the vaccine places in your zip code.
Challenges we ran into
We could not understand the html code that we scanned from the website and had to learn how to implement that into our code.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we are able to create a program that can solve for a nationwide issue that goes on right now
What we learned
We learned how to reverse engineer the website and understand JSON data is and how to navigate through it in our code. We also learned how to use Twilio to send SMS messages
What's next for BoostMe: Covid Personal Notifier
We hope to implement a radius based searches as well as age based too. Our program is currently only functioning with California zip codes, but maybe this could be extended to the whole nation
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