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Inspiration

Teach Me Tech was inspired by the experiences of the team members and their loved ones during lockdown. Senior citizens make up 16% of the American population, many of which never having learned to use a smartphone or computer. We believe in enhancing user experience for everyone, and that increasing the digital literacy of senior citizens will help to enable this growing population to feel more confident and independent in their web surfing skills.

What it does

Upon landing on our web app, the user is greeted by a simple page with buttons for logging in. There are two separate login options for both seniors and volunteers. Upon signing in, the user can seek instructional videos to aid with their tech issue, or opt to be paired directly with a volunteer who can help them with more specific tasks.

How we built it

We built Teach Me Tech with React JS!

Challenges we ran into

At first, we were a little stumped on how we could collaborate. We tried using Live Share on VSCode, but it was unsuccessful. We finally settled on using Github and for some of us it was a bit of a challenge learning to use git in the terminal. We also had trouble setting up our Node JS backend with our React JS frontend. We noticed that our progress was too slow for the scope of the project and ultimately had to scrap the backend. However, we did learn a lot about Node JS and are eager to use it again in the future (with a little more practice)!

We all agreed that time was the biggest challenge, and while we had to sacrifice a lot of extra features we're still very proud of our work this weekend.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're very proud of the overall look and how intuitive the app is. We're all proud of how much we learned this weekend and how, despite being so far apart, we were able to collaborate and produce a meaningful project in the end.

What we learned

We learned a lot about React JS and Node JS.

What's next for Teach Me Tech

We plan on connecting the backend and implementing code that abides closely with the OWASP Top 10 Application Security Standard.

Credits to Georg Arthur Pflueger on Unsplash

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