We can all relate to the saying, “Put yourself in someone else’s shoes”. Imagine not being able to open a bank account, register in a course, communicate with a health professional, or your lawyer, or even carry on basic conversations. Sadly, this is the reality of millions of refugees and immigrants escaping war-torn countries. As hackers, we have a social responsibility to break down the language barriers between communities especially when it comes to medical services. This is when a light-bulb lit up in our minds! We planned to create a user-friendly mobile app that will help refugees, immigrants and disadvantaged groups connect with translators worldwide in a matter of seconds at their fingertips. iLingual is an interactive app that allows all types of users to gain access to interpretation services for medical needs and find the nearest health care professionals.

What it does

iLingual offers open translation services powered by the world’s 2.5 billion multilingual speakers to volunteer their time, skill-sets and experience as linguistic interpreters for the 70-million refugees and immigrants worldwide. For medical emergencies, iLingual offers help with finding the nearest health practitioner for your medical needs.

How we built it

We built the project using a website where we used JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. This website is also available as an app which we also created app wireframes using Figma.

Challenges we ran into

Some of the challenges that we ran into was figuring out how to host our website using Github Pages with our custom domain. We had to watch several youtube videos and ask mentors for help, and thankfully with their help, we were able to solve our issues and host our website successfully!

Accomplishments that we're proud of

The accomplishments that we are proud of are that each one of us utilized a software technology that we have never used before. For example, for the web development, we learned how to create a fully developed static web page and later host it through github pages and! We also learned how to make UI/UX designs when designing the app in Figma, which was an amazing learning experience! We split the work according to the team’s preferences, skills, and what they were more interested in learning.

What we learned

As a team, we learned how to work efficiently by setting deadlines for when we want our work to be done. We were also on a Zoom call during the majority of the time, which allowed us to ask questions if we’re stuck and help others in need of assistance. This helped us learn the importance of asking questions and answering these questions to avoid confusion and to solve problems before proceeding to the next steps.

What's next for iLingual

What we have next in store for iLingual is implementing a chat functionality in the website where users are able to contact the volunteers with. We also hope to create a Google Maps API to find the nearest locations of doctors with respect to the users' locations. Lastly, we would also hope to create a fully-functioning app using Android Studio to implement the app version of this project.

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