We were inspired by the challenges that JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Google Cloud had, which were to implement ideas surrounding social good. We chose COVID-19 as a topic because it has greatly impacted our way of life.
What it does
COVID-19 Geolocation Tracker is a web app designed to help people log their daily symptoms and pin their location on a map if they are considered "at risk." If enough people within a certain radius are "at risk," this information gets sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services so they can be informed of places to put testing centers. Additionally, we wanted users to opt-in to know how many people were "at risk" in their area.
How we built it
We used HTML, CSS, and JS for the frontend. Used a mySQL database and stored it on the Google Cloud. We used VS Code as our text editor/IDE.
Challenges we ran into
Initially, we wanted to make CGT-19 a mobile app developed for both iOS and Android. We spent about half of the hackathon (8+ hours) trying to get Android Studio to work with flutter. However, when we realized that our team was collectively having issues revolving around the IDE that we haven't gotten to coding the actual project yet, we switched to making CGT-19 a web app instead. This explains why a lot of the hidden features of the application (making a heat map with "at risk" user locations and sending a notification to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were not implemented, why even the web layout is basic, or why CGT-19 was not implemented live on a website.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We definitely want to give mobile app development/web development a go in the future, and we learned a lot about the structure behind what we use every day. We also are proud to say that we learned more about cloud services, such as the one Google Cloud Products provide. We are proud to say that our team really stuck through the frustration of not making any progress at all for half of the hackathon, and differences across time zones. We're proud to say we learned more about COVID-19 and want to share this kind of enthusiasm to change how people perceive it and do social good.
What we learned
Beyond learning more about web programming languages (both back end and front end), we learned that our teammates (and future co-workers) are essential to the work that we produce.
What's next for Covid-19 Geolocation Tracker
Probably to consult the idea with peers and gauge interest/feasibility/real functionality to see if it's a thing that people would use.