## Inspiration During this current COVID 19 pandemic, I see health worker is curing the patients, doctors are innovating new medicine, the police is controlling the crowd movement and even bus drivers are helping people to get back to home. As a future engineer, I felt like my contribution is none, so I felt motivated to do my part and try to bring a positive change and to make sure my product can also be used in a future pandemic.
problem our project solves
The massive spread of COVID 19 is due to a measure reason, When a person is infected he can be asymptomatic for up to 21 days and still be contagious, so the only way to contain the spread is by wearing a mask and maintaining hand hygiene. WHO and CDC report said that if everyone wears a mask and maintains hygiene then the number of cases can be reduced three folds. But HOW we will do that? , how we can make everyone aware of these safety measures. So we have come up with a solution called COVID - HELPER 1st ever safety alert system to protect the user from catching the infection.
What our project does
Our app is 1st of its kind safety awareness system, which works on google geofencing API, in which it creates a geofence around the user home location and whenever the user leaves home, he will get a notification in the COVID - HELPER app ( ' WEAR MASK ' ) and as the users return home he will get another notification ( ' WASH HANDS '), ensuring full safety of the user and their family. It is also loaded with additional features such as i.) HOTSPOT WARNING SYSTEM in which if the user enters into a COVID hotspot region he will be alerted to maintain 'SOCIAL DISTANCING'. ii.) COVID cases count iii.) News feed regarding COVID updates. With all these features this app becomes an all-round COVID protection system that will take care of you and your loved ones.
Challenges we ran into
1,) we lack financial support as we have to make this app from scratch. 2.) the problem in collecting data regarding government-certified hotspot and also we have to do a lot of research regarding the spread pattern of COVID-19. 3.) Due to a lack of mentors, whenever the app stop working we had to figure out by ourself, how to correct the error. 4.) It took us too long to use it in real-time as during lockdown it was too hard to go outside in the quarantine but finally, after lockdown loosens a bit we tested it and it gave an excellent result. 5.) we didn't know much about geofencing before that so we have to learn it from scratch using youtube videos.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re proud to have completed our project in the period of this Hackathon. Additionally, we’re proud of how we’ve dealt with time pressure and worked cohesively as a team to actualize our start-up goals, which we believe would have a genuinely positive impact on saving many lives once implemented properly.
What we learned
All team members of COVID - HELPER were able to grow their area of competence by participating in the whole process of idea definition, market research, validation, prototyping, and presentation. Through different mentor sessions, we learned that problems could be approached by many means, but most importantly our mission should be clear.
What's next for COVID - HELPER
COVID cases are increasing every day, and chances are low that we can create a vaccine immediately, apps like COVID - HELPER will play a crucial role in lower the spread of infection till a proper vaccine is made. Our app can also be used for future pandemic or seasonal diseases such as swine flu or bird flu.will play a crucial role in lower the spread of infection until a proper vaccine is made. Our app can also be used for a future pandemic or seasonal diseases such as swine flu or bird flu.