Inspiration

Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many employees have lost their jobs. Websites like LinkedIn provide for job searching, but their user interface is tough to deal with especially if you are in a hurry and don't have time to network with people to get a job. The user interface of Tinder is simple yet effective. Because of this, we chose to make Lumber, a web app that can be used for short-term job placement. The app uses machine learning algorithms to match companies to employees based on location, job type, and job length. Similar to Tinder, once matched employees and employers can message.

What it does

Lumber is a web app that have the swiping mechanism akin to Tinder. This functionality makes it easy to use and intuitive just like any other mobile device. Users can create a profile, adjust their settings to better suit them with jobs that they are seeking, and be matched with interested employers.

How we built it

We used HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap for the front-end and Django and Python for the back-end.

Challenges we ran into

Many of the technologies were new to our team. Jacob did not have much experience with front-end prior to this project and learned Bootstrap, Jessica learned more about JavaScript to help the site's functionality and Anthony learned Django to implement the back-end of our web app. It was a great learning experience and we finished the project learning something new.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We built a project that can help society! Not only was the a personal accomplishment for all of this, we believe that if we implement this project, we can really make an impact on society. We're also really happy with the way the web app looks!

What we learned

In addition to the new technologies that we all learned, we also learned about the importance of communication while working on a group project. Everything went smoothly because we emphasized the importance of communication since the beginning of our project.

What's next for Lumber

We want to improve the functionality of the web app and add a larger database of remote jobs. We want to ensure that people are informed about the potential jobs they might qualify for. Following that, we'd like to share this with our family, friends, and everyone in our network to spread the word. We understand that many individuals are struggling in our current climate and would like to provide relief in anyone that we can.

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