As Ryerson students, after hearing how much of a problem this was in downtown Toronto, we felt we needed to pick the harm reduction category. We are also advocates for mental health and are aware of the consequences that come with addiction.
What it does
It scans a handwritten prescription and sends the name, address, prescription and date to a database that can be accessed through a graphical user interface. We also created a map that could POTENTIALLY hold the signatures of doctors in the area to help pharmacists avoid forgeries. More about that on challenges
How we built it
Google-cloud-vision was a no brainer for us here, but we also resorted to Tkinter for the gui. Additionally, we resorted to flask for the web app design.
Challenges we ran into
This was our first hackathon so we weren't 100% sure what to do. We all have drastically different levels of experience in the programming world as well. More specific issues ranged with our lack of familiarity of flask. We had so many great ideas that we just couldn't do because of time restraints. Everything was challenging in one way or another. Whether it was using an API (which none of us have ever done) or even compiling all of our portions together, we really couldn't catch a break.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We learnt so so so much. All three of us ground the whole night and although we could've done so much more with more time, we are very proud of what we were able to accomplish. We've never done anything like this before and when the "finished" product came out that sigh of relief was euphoric. Me personally, I'm extremely proud of my group. Despite having a very very farfetched idea in the beginning, we were all so motivated and the fact that we were able to keep that up is something to be proud of.
What we learned
- How to use the Google Cloud Platform and implement Google's machine learning API's into our python programs.
- We learned a lot about the Opioid crisis in Canada, as well as how to combat the crisis.
- As we are relatively new programmers, we each were able to learn skills from each other.
- We learned more about web app development and the platform Flask.
- We learned how to collaborate through an online platform in order to create an innovative solution to a real world problem. ## What's next for RXHacks continuing this project, we would hope to elaborate on a lot of the ideas we had over the past 2 days. First off, we hope to create a much more developed interface. Our interface was minimal, and was only there to showcase the functionality of the code. In addition we hope to add the use of Google's machine learning APIs to analyze signatures. This was something we hoped to implement during the hackathon, however quickly became overwhelmed by the size of the project. Overall we felt as though we created some great starting blocks, and hope to continue the development.