We wanted to help individuals from marginalized backgrounds become more financially literate, especially during the wake of massive job losses and a looming recession. There are not many resources available that specifically target these populations and so we wanted to provide an easy-to-use platform to make that possible.
What it does
Our project helps individuals from marginalized backgrounds and/or those who have never had a formal education in financial literacy access the resources to educate themselves on a variety of money-related topics like budgeting, salary negotiation, and investing. Users can also take an easy five-minute quiz to create a custom-budget and receive planet-inspired badges for engaging in content.
How we built it
Originally we wanted to create an iOS app but were not able to develop iOS apps on Windows machines. We then decided to change tracks and develop our prototype using Figma. Figma is a web-based wireframe development software.
Challenges I ran into
Aside from trying to figure out a way to develop iOS apps on a windows machine without success, our main challenge was learning how to utilize the Figma platform. We were all beginners but through the power of google and trial-and-error, we were able to resolve most of our issues.
Accomplishments that we are proud of
We're incredibly proud that we were able to complete most of the initial functionalities we set out to do and that we were able to effectively collaborate together to create our product.
What we learned
We learned how to create wireframes on Figma and became more financially literate through researching information and resources to include in our prototype.
What's next for To Budget and Beyond
Some next steps we want to take are creating a fully functional Android and iOS application, expanding the number of languages used to expand our prospective user-base