Our team found that the communication systems in place for COVID-19 e.g. covid tracing data tables and statistics, were only accessible for people who are able to navigate the internet, and use smartphones. This left a large portion of the population uninformed about COVID-19 news updates. This group of people are usually older, and also more vulnerable to the virus. The QR code system was also counter effective as it leaves users no choice but to crowd around store entrances to scan the code.

What it does

Our app, Notifi, aims to solve these problems by using data from existing location tracking services and comparing the routes taken by each user on a daily basis. If a user has been diagnosed with COVID-19, Notifi is able to identify all users that have come into contact with them. Contact in public areas such as public transport, which often go untraced, will be detected. All COVID hotspot locations, as well as the users’ travel history for the past 14 days will be visually represented.

How we built it

We planned development using Trello, utilising AGILE practices like user stories and Figma for design. The project was created using react native to implement the frontend, and a Python flask API for the backend server

Challenges we ran into, what we learned & accomplishments that we're proud of

Creating the design mockup, and pitch video was a challenge. All members of the team come from a computer science background, and we aren’t familiar with design tools and video editing software such as Figma and Canva, however, we managed to overcome this over the duration of the project. Furthermore, none of the members had any experience in React Native, JavaScript, HTML or CSS before this hackathon. Through the week, we learnt through Googling everything as we needed. However, the process of learning new concepts and watching its immediate effects in our code was fun.

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