The coronavirus has driven out selfishness in humans, from panic buying to food hoarding. This short story of Mark Rober's dad being helped by a complete stranger inspired us to create an app centered around helping the more vulnerable around us.
What it does
Mark Rober's story inspired us to create an app that allows people most vulnerable to the coronavirus (such as the elderly) to upload a grocery list to be fulfilled by a shopper. The shopper would retrieve these items and the store would check them out and hold onto them for the requestor to pick up. Supermarkets can even implement incentives for these shoppers, such as giving them a discount on their grocery bill as they help somebody in need. In addition to keeping those at risk of getting seriously sick out of these high-risk areas while still allowing them access to necessities, we are also conserving resources that would otherwise be used by unnecessary deliveries and are also helping to create a society built upon people wishing to do good for others in their community.
How we built it
We used the powerful web scraping tool provided by UiPath to scrape the prices and images of necessities to display within our app.
Challenges we ran into
The Python server took very long to setup, as we didn't have prior experience with Python + Flask.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud that we managed to make a working app with React Native and integrating it well with a backend server.
What we learned
We learned how to set up a server with Python + Flask.