into the void

The world is in constant motion. As advancements are made every day, mental health often falls by the wayside.

into the void is not a cure for loneliness, but it's a start. It is a place where one can embark on a reflective self-journey to explore difficult feelings in the absence of judgement.

There are two ways to interact with the void: to speak or to listen. Once the user casts their thoughts into the void, they can choose whether they would like their message to remain (anonymously) for others to see, as it is strangely validating to remember how human it is to struggle. The user also has the option of viewing the voluntarily shared sentiments of others.

technical challenges

We are a two-person team; the way we work best is by tackling the frontend and backend of our app separately. We've done this before; we have a nice groove. This is how we did it:

backend

into the void is built on a MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js), interfacing with an AWS cluster, and deployed using Heroku - Kelly's first exposure to true full-stack web development (and first time working with most of these technologies).

frontend

Starr created the visual and aesthetic experience in its entirety, from hand-drawing original animations to creating the prototype of the app.

future goals

- further guard against hate speech --> research and determine whether sentiment analysis can be applied on the dataset (collection of words), forbid certain harmful words.

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