Inspiration

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in large-scale stay-at-home and self-quarantine measures being enforced and implemented all around the world. This has resulted in a massive reduction in physical social interactions, and has led to people feeling increasingly alone and isolated, particularly those who live alone.This has had an immense impact on their mental health and well being. We wanted to do something for them, and hope to help alleviate this isolation by virtual and safe means.

What it does

Our web application allows users to chat anonymously with other users about a topic that interests both of them. Users can engage in either 1-1 conversations or a group conversation. They can also choose to text chat, or video call. This allows users to connect to more people and engage in social interaction and discussions with anyone around the world easily.

How I built it

We built it using repl.it.

Challenges I ran into

(1) 3 out of 4 of our teammates are first timers. We had to do a lot of learning along the way, but it was definitely a fun ride and learning process! (2) Timezone collaboration

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We were able to deploy a working web application.

What I learned

(1) How to deploy a web application (2) How to work in an international team

What's next for CovidChat

We are hoping to add a hot topics section where users can see what the current hot topics are. We hope to add video/voice chatting.

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