Two years before the Coronavirus pandemic (during freshman year of HS), I was in quarantine for about a month due to a rare eye disease. During this time, I felt an overwhelming amount of loneliness and disconnection from the world, so receiving cards from friends and family meant the world to me. I want to use my project to help the thousands of people who need it the most right now.
What it does
Through this website, anyone can anonymously write an encouraging note to a healthcare worker or coronavirus patient. Once enough notes come in, they will be printed and shipped to hospitals to be distributed to one medical worker or patient.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I launched this site a few days ago, & so far, 1400+ cards have been sent & we are partnered with 13 hospitals around the US!
Why does it work?
According to a fifty year study conducted by Harvard University, human connection is the single most important component of happiness. That's why the concept of sending physical, individual notes is so powerful.
Currently, one in two health care workers are struggling with depression amid Covid-19 and many patients have to die alone due to the infectious nature of the virus. Hence, for health care workers and patients, receiving an encouraging, personal message can mean the world.
And beyond this, this is free, quick, and no personal information is required, meaning that anyone can contribute to the COVID-19 effort.
How I built it
I edited and designed all the graphics on Canva & PowerPoint, then created the site on Wix, using a little bit of HTML along the way.
Challenges I ran into
Balancing high school & this project and learning how to use the resources I have (PowerPoint, Canva & Wix) to create a website and a video!
What's next for Covid Support
Creating software that will automate the sorting of messages by their hospitals.
Try It out
- Super Hack: San Diego's Premier High-School Hackathon
- Hack Quarantine
- Hack the Gap
- Tech Takes On COVID Hackathon
- HackTheU Unbox Your Ideas
canva, html5, powerpoint, wix