Inspiration

Living in a large city, we encounter homeless individuals almost every day. Tackling issues of homelessness in Seattle is a big social justice concern that our team members share. One issue of homelessness that we feel strongly passionate about is the lack of access to feminine hygiene products for homeless women. This lack of access causes high rates of vaginal infections, cervical cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases in homeless women. As women, we believe that all women should have access to comfort and cleanliness for their menstrual cycles, regardless of socioeconomic status.

What it does

We created a website that connects those who want to provide support for homeless women and women who are in need of menstruation support. Women in need of support can search for shelters within their general proximity and view the inventory of feminine hygiene products in individual shelters. For shelters, there is a feature that allows them to update their inventory of feminine products daily so women can find shelters that have the products they need.

Technologies used

Leaflet (mapping shelters), AngularJS (multiple tabs/features), FireBase (track data of shelters), JavaScript (interactivity), HTML (content), CSS (style), Bootstrap (responsive), Axure (mockups), Plivo (SMS capabilities)

Challenges we ran into

We found it difficult to narrow down primary functionality of our website. In our brainstorming phase, there were many feasible ideas that were brought up to combat this social justice concern. We also found finding the perfect APIs for different features of our site extremely difficult.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're extremely proud of our ability to work cohesively with each other. Prior to today, we were complete strangers. It was amazing to see how well we built on each other's ideas and how supportive we were of each other. We are also proud of our UX design and the issue we addressed.

What's next for .cycle

We found it difficult to narrow down primary functionality of our website. In our brainstorming phase, there were many feasible ideas that were brought up to combat this social justice concern. We also found finding the perfect APIs for different features of our site extremely difficult.

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