Hearing people often take for granted things that are unnavigable by deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Most deaf people are unable to speak vocally; the majority of hearing people don’t know sign language; covid-19 and wearing masks makes it impossible to read lips; and drive thrus rely solely on hearing and speaking.

What it does

Speak is a mobile app that connects deaf and hard-of-hearing people with hearing volunteers who provide voice assistance through a phone call and chat.

How we built it

We used React Native for front-end with the Expo framework and the Google Cloud Firebase to keep track of users.

Challenges we ran into

  • Connecting volunteers and users based on a queue system
  • Managing the chat and phone call system
  • Showing different options for volunteers
  • Login rather than sign up for returning users
  • Creating a voice to text function

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Ability to connect users through phone call and chat.

What we learned

  • Mobile development is challenging since new technologies are constantly being added.
  • Having a clear goal is important in developing a product.
  • Communication is key, especially when remote.

What's next for Speak

  • Voice recognition software for greater usability and increased communication for users.
  • Building a global community.
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