Inspiration

Observing what was going on in the world with the corona virus made us think about our grandparents and how they are struggling the most as they can't risk to go outside, but also need to do daily tasks in order to live. This made us think that we should create a way for volunteers to help the elders in their community.

What it does

Our website asks a user to sign up and once they are signed up their information is stored into a database. Once the user goes to the volunteer page a they are asked to click a button to see elders that need help. Once they click the button the elders name and the request the elder sends and how to contact them pops up. On the elder aspect of the website they can click the request tab and to forms come up one to fill out the elder's name and another for their request, where they can provide contact information.

How we built it

We used html, javascript, and css to design the front end aspect of our website where we have pages for users to sign up and once they are signed up they can volunteer or request help. We created a database using firebase a mobile and web application development platform designed by Google. Once the user signs up we store their email along with their unique user id then if they want to volunteer or request for help we store their coordinates. We are continuing to implement a way to find elders in a certain radius of the volunteer and have those in a certain elders pop up on the volunteers screen. Right now when the volunteer goes to the volunteer page and clicks see elders elders that pop up with their contact information and what service they need with no range or radius specification from the users location.

Challenges we ran into

Some challenges we ran into were being able to code together while in quarantine we figured out a way to code together using Visual Studio Code's live code. On the backend side we had issues receiving data from the database and resolved this issue by watching many tutorials on how to retrieve this data.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of being able to connect a database to our website and take in the users location, name, email, and or request. Some of us were beginners and we are very proud that we were able to learn HTML, CSS and more functions in a short period of time and be able to successfully apply it. It took a long time but it was a very exciting journey. We hope to be able to make more websites in the future as this is a skill which we will never forget. Overall it was a great project and it in a way made us get closer as friends. The technology truly did make us have a connection to a better world.

What we learned

We learned how to collaborate as a team, and that more careful planning and thought should be put into our project. We also learned that there are specific areas in which it would be better for us to work separately as it causes too much of a hassle, and other areas where working as a team is great. Finally we also learned time management and responsibility.

What's next for Know Your Elderly

The next step for Know Your Elderly is to finish our method of showing volunteers elders in their area. We are working on the method so that when the users click the see elders button on the volunteers page only certain elders within a range specification from the user appear.

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