Here's the link to the Business Plan, here's the link to the Google Slides, and here's the Canva mock-up!

Inspiration

Many public places are not following COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing, requiring face masks, and offering sanitization supplies. This can lead to socioeconomic issues: people fall sick and lose their jobs, and small businesses don’t get enough customers to sustain business. When we learnt that exposing yourself to public places increases your risk of contracting COVID-19 by 82%, may end up severely ill and eventually losing your employment, we wanted to help people from not getting infected via an online platform that displays if places are following COVID-19 safety guidelines while also help businesses improve their adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

What it does

CoronaConnect is a website and mobile app that uses crowdsourced data to evaluate the safety of certain public locations and help users make informed decisions. CoronaConnect crowdsources data about a) if people are wearing masks b) there are plexiglass dividers at checkout counters c) people are social distancing d) there are sanitization materials available and e) share covid-19 protocol adherence to small/medium businesses and city council.

How we built it

We built this website using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, php, and mySQL. We also used an UI toolkit from CreativeTim. In addition, we also incorporated google maps api. This website is meant to be an extension of our mobile app. Since we could not complete the mobile app, this website that we started working on this morning contains a prototype of what we would build in the future. To understand what the mobile app would look like, we made a Canva mock-up. Here is the li link and attached is our business plan.

Challenges we ran into

When we were building our website, we ran into several issues from setting up a webserver, connecting it to a database and integrating with Google Maps API . Writing JavaScript functions (in the sign-up page for example) was tricky since we were not too familiar with it. This was the first time we used PHP, and used W3 school's blog and other online resources to understand how to code.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of developing a solution for consumers to safely visit a location knowing it is safe to go. We are also proud of ourselves for creating a website in little time and for helping people from being exposed to an infectious disease. Over the past week, we surveyed over 89 friends and family to confirm the need for an app like CoronaConnect. The survey validated the problem of not having access to data regarding Covid-19 safety at public locations. We also developed mobile app mock-ups to visually represent how our mobile app would look like and work. Validating the user needs, developing the mocks and building a somewhat functional website were the most important steps to build our app.

What we learned

We learned how to use PHP and Google Maps API within HTML. We also worked on a business plan to ensure not only the idea is self sustainable but benefits businesses and city council. Also, we learned how to use Canva for building UI mocks which we enjoyed. When we first started this competition, we thought we could not finish, but we did it. Doing this competition helped me believe in our teamwork.

What's next for CoronaConnect

We plan to build out additional features like 'CoronaConnect verified certificates' for small and medium size businesses to attract more customers and ensure safety. For the mobile app development, we plan to use Swift and Xcode and will start development from next week. For the website as well as the mobile app, we plan to add more logic that determines if a location tagged as COVID-19 safe is indeed true. We will do so by aggregating reviews by multiple users in a given timeframe. We also would like to share this information with city councils so they can enforce more adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

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