Inspiration

With international travel being shut down and borders being closed there has been unscratchable itches to travel throughout society. To help scratch that itch, we were thinking of ways to help promote inclusivity in society by facilitating cultural exchange and language learning. We were inspired by spontaneous group interactions between international students at university, the idea of Omegle and the auto-translate and grammar correction features in 1-on-1 language learning applications like HelloTalk.

What it does

CrossChat was planned to provide 1-on-1 conversation or group chat of 4 people, cross-matching them based on the languages they are confident in and interested in. The communication will be through real-time text chat. They would be able to randomise the set conversation topic in the app, auto-translate (with Google translate) others' messages, and point out grammar corrections (also using a third party API). There would be a feature that allows users to report inappropriate behaviour.

How we built it

We designed the UI in figma, developed with React.js, and using multiple libraries, and the firestore API.

Challenges we ran into

Time management: we spent too much time tweaking the design and fixing visual bugs.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

The design turned out better than expected! The Earth and clouds animation on the home page was done without JS, in plain CSS and HTML.

What we learned

To better plan our time in tackling projects next time with more focus on project management.

What's next for CrossChat

We plan to fully implement planned features (Translation and Fix Grammar for other person) and add video or voice chat options since having spoken conversations is crucial when it comes to learning a new language.

First, the user will be needed to log in to join the chat.

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