There are so many little things that one can do to help the environment. Almost everyone is already aware of how they can be more sustainable and know that being green is important for the future of our planet. However, being actually aware of how green you are everyday can be difficult. How often have you checked daily whether you were composted food waste, for example? It can be hard to remember to be sustainable everyday, but having big impacts can start with little tasks. We wanted to create this website to motivate and inspire people to be more sustainable, and hopefully change habits. Everyone’s actions count! If you want to implement sustainable lifestyle changes, EcoBuds will keep you accountable and motivated. The first (and for now, only) EcoBud on the site is a forest owlet. This is a nod to AthenaHacks’ owl mascot, but we also selected this animal because it is an endangered species threatened by human activity.
What it does
We’ve designed a simple but fun website that tracks whether you’ve done eco-friendly tasks that can be done everyday, like abstaining from eating meat or unplugging devices. A simple daily checklist keeps you accountable and lets you quantify how sustainable you are through a virtual forest owlet pet, compels improvement, and slowly changing daily habits to be more environmentally sustainable.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
As first time hackers and inexperienced coders, we faced many challenges. We brainstormed a lot of ideas, but faced limitations in regards to how to implement them as we had only basic HTML knowledge. Being able to store form data from the website was one main trouble that we faced. We were able to solve this by picking up PHP throughout the 24 hours. Maintaining the layout of the website while creating different elements to the website was a challenge.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re proud of what we were able to accomplish this weekend. We were all worried about going into a hackathon with very little experience as all of our members are not solely computer science majors, ranging from chemical engineering to environmental studies, to art and CS. Despite this, we were still able to create a website from scratch and troubleshoot errors effectively. We created a website that works and we’re proud of that!
What we learned
What's next for EcoBuds