Right now, investing takes places with very few metrics. On top of this, all of these metrics focus on economics. While this may seem normal, it doesn't allow people to invest in what they care about - support social issues, reject child labor, stop large scale direct and indirect pollution, all through investing.
What it does
The Sustainability Index takes these factors into account. We provide a new score, one that takes into account the environmental impact a company has. It takes into account the social standing of the company on certain issues. This allows transparent investing in things that you believe in.
How we built it
Lots and lots of web scraping, data cleaning, web development, and cloud engineering. All are average skills of Junior developers.
Challenges we ran into
The data was few and far between. Finding reliable data sources was very difficult. We had to make lots of custom web scraping scripts, but would end up with dirty data. We also got blocked by google, because they thought we were bots. So, we had to do a lot of data cleaning and joining. Designing the website was a challenge, as well.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Actually completing a MVP that looks good and could be used by millions of people.
What we learned
More Pandas stuff. Beautiful Soup, Requests, Selenium.
What's next for The Sustainability Index
Increasing scalability up our product by implementing a CDN, breaking up the database.