Our inspiration for our project came from our own experiences as students. There's a lot riding on how we perform in school, and having to study and write exams at home is stressful. That being said, even the slightest external stressor like noise or siblings can make a big difference in our personal mental health. Our goal was to find a solution to our own problem that was feasible, financially attainable, and safe for students like us.
What it does
Working Together is a mobile app and website application that uses commercial spaces to be reinvented as study, collaboration, and examination spaces for students. Working together allows users of the app to book spaces in commercial spaces based on their preference on distance and accommodations, such as wi-fi, printers, or food nearby.
How we built it
We built a prototype of our mobile app in Figma and used React and Google Maps API in our site.
Challenges we ran into
It was our first time using React and the Google Maps API, so we had to look through a large amount of documentation and learn to not only create a webpage, but integrate a map into the webpage to show locations. In the end, we definitely felt rewarded by our efforts.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We’re proud of how we included the implications of the real world around us. We took into account COVID-19 and used barcodes in the app for tracking cases. This takes into account the safety of every party involved, including staff and patrons at the commercial building, as well as students using our app. In addition, we’re proud of how feasible this idea is for students. The cost is low, but the benefits for students are immense.
What's next for Working Together
In the future, we aim to give owners of locations a way to sign up their locations themselves through the webpage and have a way for them to verify themselves as owners of an unused commercial space. As stated in our timeline, we also would like to revisit our idea in a year’s time to address how this idea translates into a post-COVID world.