Inspiration

Endless hours of searching for the best study material has contributed to wasted hours of time that should have been devoted to studying for exams or completing homework. The inspiration for this tool is what occurs in reality; oftentimes, students refer to their predecessors for assistance with this. However, not everyone is fortunate to have someone to look towards for help. Thus, LetStudy.Online was created for the students who lack a support group like this. They do not need to worry about their private data being used maliciously, as all web activity remains anonymous.

What it does

After signing up, the user downloads a Chrome extension. When the student is studying, they can activate the extension, select their school and the course they are studying for, and the extension tracks the browsing usage until the user clicks the button to stop recording. This gets logged in our records for future students and LetStudy.Online users taking the same course to see. None of the user data is stored including the username, which is hashed to ensure privacy.

To incentivize students to use this tool, only users who have contributed to LetStudy.Online records within the past week are able to access data from past students.

A business case for this product is to gather information on the most popular study sites for students. This can be sold to companies and product/content creators who are looking for the best platform/website to post their content. WIth the anonymous data from our product, these content creators can be sure that the site they choose to post their studious material will receive the most possible views.

How we built it

Node.js, MongoDB Atlas, Google Cloud Platform's Compute Engine, Highcharts, Tweepy API and PyMongo

Challenges we ran into

Connecting everything together!

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Connecting frontend to MongoDB Atlas
  • Successfully tweeting a post via Twitter API that used data extracted from MongoDB Atlas
  • Creating a Google Chrome extension

What's next for LetStudy.Online

  • Increased privacy for users, including 2FA
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