Inspiration

It has become increasingly more difficult to find organized sources of information for COVID-19 as more information comes out. Especially as vaccine rollout begins things can get a little bit confusing, so we decided to create something that collects all the information in a neat and orderly fashion without overwhelming the users with information that doesn't apply to them.

What it does

Simplifying access to up-to-date COVID-19 information. Grabs data from numerous trusted sources across the internet and neatly organize it depending on the age and location of the user in order to only provide the users with information relevant to themselves.

How we built it

We used Python, Discord, Twitter API, COVID-19 API, and the Google Maps Places API to create our Discord Bot.

Challenges we ran into

Learning new libraries and concepts while simultaneously trying to apply them. The biggest challenge was having to replace some of the APIs we used after having finished all the code for them because they went down very close to the deadline for the hackathon.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Managing to make a project with members of highly varying skill sets even after having so many setbacks due to external causes.

What we learned

Learned how to use multiple new APIs and broadened our understanding of Python. One of the members was entirely new to Python and walked away from the hackathon having a grasp of it.

What's next for Covify

Broadening the scope of which regions Covify can provide accurate COVID-19 information for. As of right now most of the features are specific to Ontario such as locating vaccine clinics that the user is eligible to get vaccinated at. Although the bot can give global and province-specific statistics on COVID-19 cases, deaths, and recoveries the main goal is to be able to provide information on hospitals and vaccination clinics no matter where the user is located in the world.

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