Inspiration

Women are less likely to consider a career in the tech industry because there are simply not enough female role models in media within the industry. This can be very discouraging as American women working in STEM fields were 45% more likely than their male colleagues to quit within a year of taking a job based on a Harvard Business Review.

What it does

The website matches women working in the tech industry as mentors and mentees. Users start by creating an account and filling out an initial matching form. In this form, we learn a little bit about each user, if they’re looking for a mentor or mentee (or both!), and the field(s) they’re interested in exploring. On the ‘match’ page, users see their potential matches tinder-style. If they duolaterally choose ‘match’, they can then talk and connect with each other. Unlike current popular networking apps such as LinkedIn or Bumble Bizz, Cura targets women working or aspiring to work in the tech field. Our site offers a safe and intimate space for women to network, connect, and speak about their hardships in the male-dominated industry.

How we built it

Our team started Cura with Figma prototypes of the website. From there on, we used HTML, CSS, and Javascript to create the front-end design. For the back-end, we used Java and SQL using mySQL to create the database for our matching algorithm.

Challenges we ran into

  • Connecting front-end to back-end
  • Styling in CSS

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Completing our first hackathon
  • Having a product

What we learned

  • Front-end development (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • Design and prototyping in Figma

What's next for Cura

  • Connecting front-end to back-end
  • Designing matching algorithm
  • Creating infrastructure for in-app chatting
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