Our inspiration came from the fact that this ongoing epidemic is affecting everybody’s lives in various ways. It is a ubiquitous epidemic that everyone needs to be informed of. On a daily basis, we see people walking around in our neighborhoods, in grocery stores, malls, and in the news not following precautions or taking them seriously. Precautions for this virus and present for a reason. We realized that people are so ignorant or don’t care about the consequences of the virus, especially since they don’t have deep knowledge of it.
What it does
Our website, Stay Updated, is an informative platform that is easily accessible to people all over the world. On the website, you can find various resources like information about the COVID-19 disease, some precautions you can take to avoid COVID-19, and some statistics of the pandemic around the world. We also have a fun trivia game, a fun but informative way to learn some interesting facts on the pandemic.
How I built it
To build our website, we used multiple languages and coding platforms. We used Java and HTML to code some aspects of our webpages. The platforms we used were Java JDK and Repl.it. We also used Wix.com to make the majority of our website.
Challenges I ran into
Some complications that we faced throughout the project were embedding our java code onto our website and working with computer languages that we had minimal experience with (HTML, Python). Since we were working with a website as our project platform we decided to use HTML instead of Python, since it was more convenient to embed and use on our website. The trivia game that we coded was made completely in java. We couldn’t embed java into Wix so we embedded the trivia program into our HTML code in the form of a link. This enabled us to include our trivia game on our website instead of it being a separate part.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Our project is very impactful and can help many people gain knowledge of COVID-19, which they lack. This can potentially reduce the negative impact or the extensiveness of the virus by motivating people to follow specific precautions. Other websites on COVID-19 are meant to only inform people. We want to also connect people and unite them because we can overcome this pandemic. We solved the basic problem we wanted to help out with.
What I learned
We learned how to work with different programing languages, IDEs, and platforms like Wix.
What's next for Stay Updated
During this short duration of time that we were allotted to work on our project, we were able to create a project which is effective in solving or helping the problem that we were inspired by and wanted to solve. Although, our current project is effective in spreading information holistically we have a few ideas that we could build on to enhance our website.
(Lathika) Our first future step would be to connect people who have been infected by this virus and have recovered with others currently being impacted by the virus.
(Lathika) We would also like to encourage such people to motive/help virus patients overcome these tough times.
(akhila) By promoting our website on social media platforms we can increase our user base and make it more applicable and accessible to a larger number of people.
(akhila) Another step we would like to approach is gathering plasma donors willing to donate their blood (which contains plasma cells that contain antibodies against the virus). This can help many people recover from the infection by building their immunity.
(lalitha) Finally, we would like to connect with everybody. Acquiring people who can share their COVID stories in the forms of blogs on our websites can encourage and build strength in so many patients.