When thinking about how we could make a difference within local communities impacted by Covid-19, what came to mind are our frontline workers. Our doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, and Covid-19 testing volunteers, who have tirelessly been putting themselves and their families on the line. They are the backbone and heartbeat of our society during these past 10 months and counting. We want them to feel the appreciation and gratitude they deserve. With our app, we hope to bring moments of positivity and joy to those difficult and trying moments of our frontline workers. Thank you!
What it does
Love 4 Heroes is a web app to support our frontline workers by expressing our gratitude for them. We want to let them know they are loved, cared for, and appreciated. In the app, a user can make a thank you card, save it, and share it with a frontline worker. A user's card is also posted to the "Warm Messages" board, a community space where you can see all the other thank-you-cards.
How we built it
Our backend is built with Firebase. The front-end is built with Next.js, and our design framework is Tailwind CSS.
Challenges we ran into
Working with different time zones [12 hour time difference].
We ran into trickiness figuring out how to save our thank you cards to a user's phone or laptop.
Persisting likes with Firebase and Local Storage
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Our first Hackathon
- We're not in the same state, but came together to be here!
- Some of us used new technologies like Next.js, Tailwind.css, and Firebase for the first time!
- We're happy with how the app turned out from a user's experience
- We liked that we were able to create our own custom card designs and logos, utilizing custom made design-textiles
What we learned
- New Technologies: Next.js, Firebase
- Managing time-zone differences
- How to convert a DOM element into a .jpeg file.
- How to make a Responsive Web App
- Coding endurance and mental focus -Good Git workflow
What's next for love4heroes
More cards, more love! Hopefully, we can share this with a wide community of frontline workers.