As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it has become increasingly difficult for commuters to navigate the city safely. Now more than ever, with isolation negatively affecting small to medium sized businesses, it is crucial for the community to support them. This is why our team wanted to create a way for customers to feel safer as they contribute to small businesses.

Introducing Co-voider, a web app that helps users find the safest way to support local businesses. This is achieved by giving them alternate route options that avoid COVID-19 hotspots and by providing them up to date forecasted analytics on peak times customers go to shop. This way, customers can be confident that they can safely support small businesses in these uncertain times.

What it does

Co-voider is a web application that identifies the safest routes to local businesses and the safest hours to visit. Simply enter a destination, choose a mode of transportation, and watch the site create a customizable route with local data on pedestrian traffic trends and local COVID outbreaks. Once a local business is selected, the user is presented information about when the store is quietest and busiest, and how busy each hour of the day is. The site uses lighter colours to create a more calming experience for the user. COVID-19 is usually associated with darker colours, such as black and red, which can make an already stressful topic even more stressful. We used colours such as light blue and pink, which are psychologically proven to have a calming effect.

How we built it

This web app was built using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The maps and routes were rendered using the Google Web-Speech API and the Google Cloud Maps API, and the users location was generated using the Radar SDK for JavaScript. We used Bootstrap for some of the page styling as well as CSS. We also used the bestTime API to get real time data on trends for retail locations, such as quiet hours and hourly crowd levels. We registered the domain name with for this project. Due to time constrains regarding the DNS authentication, we were unable to have the domain point to our project.

Challenges we ran into

Some of our challenges included getting the API’s properly integrated into our code. These issues were particularly costly to solve in terms of time, since we ended up having multiple team members work together to debug the issue. Some of our team members were also in different time zones, making it more challenging to plan and schedule touchpoints. It took us some time overall to find a time management strategy that worked for us as a team and find collaborative technology to help us work together virtually.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are very proud of creating something that we feel has the potential of being useful and helping people during this tough time.

What we learned

As a team, we learned alot of using various API’s and how to integrate them into our project. We also learned how to register with and host our website. We also learned strategies to work together and manage our time and resources efficiently in a virtual environment.

What's next for Co-voider

The next steps for Co-voider would be to add more modes of transportation for example bus routes and include information of which stops are in the covid hotspots and suggestions to avoid those bus routes. We would also like to integrate live updates of the number of people currently in specific areas.

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