Inspiration

As young students and globetrotters, we were inspired to engage people to I was inspired to make this as an immigrant minority who was not aware of the many financial options moving from a different continent. I wanted an app to learn more but also understand my financial options.

What it does

Financial Buddy is a web based application that helps you stay on track for your short-term and long-term financial goals by keeping you accountable and connecting you with the right tools/services. Unlike budgeting applications, our platform accompanies you on that next step to financial planning and services, making recommendations based on your financial situation and goals. In order to address concerns with privacy, the initial recommendations can be made without an account and with minimal information. For a more detailed and tailored experience, users are recommended to create an account and complete a detailed profile.

How we built it

First, we created a mock design of the app based on Figma. Subsequently, we worked on the various components utilizing a React framework (JSX, HTML & CSS) with a REST backend.

Challenges we ran into

One of the main challenges we ran into was not being able to fully integrate the back-end and the front-end in a timely manner.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're proud of creating an application that can make a difference and is scalable with additional features.

What we learned

Amit - As this is my first hackathon, I learned to work on building a project from start to finish within 36 hours, working with new friends, who have varied experience. I certainly gained more experience with utilizing a React framework and painstakingly implementing CSS.

What's next for Financial Buddy

Additional features and a younger user base!!! What sets apart this app is its scalability; we envision it can be targeted to students, newcomers and individuals that are new to financial planning/independence. Ideally, we want people to be doing their budgeting on this app as well, so that we can monitor spending and really create a tailored experience for the user. This app is designed to be easy to use and as such hopefully will inculcate the strong values of financial literacy from a younger age.

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