All countries are suffering from COVID-19 and no country can get out of the tourism industry downturn. People are afraid to even go out, so it's hard to go on a trip. If the Pandemics situation subsides, a revival of the tourism industry is needed. We wondered if, in order for the tourism industry to revive as it used to, it would provide the benefits of 'tourism' while reassuring those willing to travel from the virus. Accommodation is indispensable for travel. Therefore, we have considered the function of crowdfunding for lodging businesses to revive the tourism industry that has been stagnant since the 'post-corona era'. In other words, when the COVID-19 situation calms down, it becomes a campaign to the effect that 'fund our accommodation for cheaper, safer access it cheaper and safer.' We have thus participated in APEC 2020 to embody and realize this idea.
What it does
F4 (Funding For), which we developed as an entry for APEC Challenge 2020, is the result of embodying our ideas. There is no doubt that the F4 will revive the sluggish tourism industry due to COVID-19. There are two main functions.
First, there is a function to check various information of accommodations. Information that can be inquired include the name of the lodging business, a simple location introduction, address (location), hygiene and quarantine levels, and reviews left by users. This information, like Wikipedia, is what users complete. Anyone who is not a business owner can participate in writing information. In particular, the service scores the hygiene and quarantine levels of each accommodation according to the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) item, allowing users to know the level of the accommodation at a glance, helping them to take a safe trip. PPE checks include whether hand sanitizers are well-equipped, whether employees wear masks and tourists without masks are properly restrained, and whether heating checks are well conducted for visitors. Users were required to score PPE items when registering information for accommodations. This will allow other users to see the level of hygiene and quarantine at the store at a glance. Based on this information, users will be relieved from the virus if they choose accommodation. Users will also be free to leave reviews of accommodations, providing information on formal locations as well as indirect experience from other users' accommodation reviews.
Secondly, there is a feature that allows users to open or participate in crowdfunding for accommodations. If a property operator creates a crowdfunding for his or her accommodation, it means, 'If you invest in this property, we will allow you to use our property cheaper than the original price after COVID-19 subsides.' Users can check the above-mentioned property information and see if it is worth investing in the property by looking at the funding introduction post and whether it is available if they travel. Since PPE information at the place is also available in the funding introduction post, you can make decisions such as "This place has good benefits, but the level of hygiene and quarantine is not very good," and "This place has good crowdfunding benefits and good hygiene and quarantine levels, so it." If the crowdfunding organizer lists the benefits and benefits that he or she can get if he or she funds the accommodation he or she runs, he or she will surely be able to attract many customers (investors). Therefore, if property owners use the service, they will be more concerned with the level of living prevention and hygiene of their accommodation to attract more investors, and users will be more concerned with the level of living prevention and hygiene, and consequently the level of disinfection and hygiene of their accommodations will be raised, and users will be able to benefit from the facilities and, above all, take advantage of the risk of virus infection.
If these two functions described above operate organically, the following scenarios can be expected. Based on more vivid information about accommodations created by users' participation, if they travel in the post-Corona era, they will be able to select accommodations by reviewing their level of life prevention and hygiene together, and by investing in accommodations that are well-prepared for prevention and good service, they will also be able to benefit from the benefits of crowdfunding. In conclusion, the F4 we developed will be a service that can help both users who are anxious to enjoy the trip even if COVID-19 becomes quiet due to virus fears and store owners of accommodations whose sales have declined in the aftermath of COVID-19.
How I built it
We divided the app, the web, and the backend, and we used Android Kotlin for the app, React.js for the web, and Django for the backend. In the backend part, we used Mysql to build a database, and we used the Django Rest Framework in Django to create a REST API that matched the data requested by the app and the web to the database. In addition, we designed the convenient UI/UX by calling APIs on the app and the web to provide appropriate information to users.
Challenges I ran into
We are a team of students with similar majors in computer engineering at the same university. Therefore, there were no professional positions such as web designer, UI/UX designer, or product manager except for developers. It was hard to develop systematically because there were even people who had never done a project with more than 5 people. However, experienced companies helped us a lot, and we were able to achieve satisfactory results by working hard together.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
With the tourism industry in much of a slump around the world, we felt great pleasure in discovering different ways and possibilities to resolve this downturn, even if we could not provide direct help like the medical staff fighting at the forefront of the Corona virus. In addition, I felt a great sense of achievement that many students, not working-level officials, gathered together to derive various ideas, adopt and implement the most reasonable ideas, and make successful results with division of work and responsibility.
What I learned
In the process of implementing ideas into actual services, I learned that they are divided into various fields, such as planning, development, design, data collection, etc. We learned how to communicate with each other and how to use collaboration tools such as Git and Note. During the application implementation process, I gained a number of references and experiences that could improve the technology stack that I lacked.
What's next for Project_F4(Funding For)
It seems that it can be extended to a platform that can be used as commercial analysis data by converting all cloud funding figures into data. Data that can be used for marketing or commercial purposes will be created by analyzing which benefits users are interested in and which hotels' funding is achieved quickly, and the funding figures and the hotel's surrounding commercial districts are also analyzed and summarized into figures.