From the start, our team knew we wanted to create a project that serves the needs of others. We brainstormed many ideas, but eventually narrowed them down to one we considered meaningful to ourselves and one we thought to be shared by many people. Being a team of current freshmen, we purposely chose to tackle the issues faced by first year college students. Among these issues, we were motivated to help relieve loneliness and overwhelmed feelings.
What We Learned and How We Built ReConnect
Challenges we ran into
Challenges were constant. Firstly, each of us individually struggled in working with the languages we did not have as much experience in. Along with this, our inexperience and lack of knowledge in creating a button which toggled another action, repeatedly created bugs. And, of course, the time constraint was a challenge.
What's next for ReConnect
Because of this time constraint, we did not achieve everything we had hoped for. One thing we would add is incorporating more emotions to the platform besides lonely and happy to be able to cater to more people. Along with this, we would add third party resources such as meditation apps or support groups based on responses. We would also like to make the app more interactive and add a text to speech API so that rather than people reading something on their screen, they are actually talking to a bot. Lastly, we would improve our point system--an idea we had was having a plant which grows slightly for each point increase.