Catalyze provides a platform to organize marches, rallies, and protests.
Anna V., JuHye M., Neha V., Patrice C.
We decided to build a platform to help users become more involved with their community, by providing tools to organize marches, rallies, and protests. Our website simplifies the task of setting up large events so that being active within your community isn't such a daunting task. This will in turn encourage users to be more vocal while advocating for causes that they are passionate about.
As social media continues to become increasingly prevalent in society, the rise of political awareness follows suit—after all, it only takes a single click to reach the multitude. Although political awareness is valuable, it is naive to equate awareness with activism. We recognize that in order to achieve true political engagement, citizens must be present and involved within their own communities, rather than solely in a virtual environment.
Here at Catalyze™, we endeavor to build a product that bridges this chasm between awareness and activism. We feel that social media lacks the necessary tools when it comes to activism, so we wanted to create a product that extrapolates the structure of pre-existing social networks into an accessible platform that people can use to go out and voice their beliefs in the real world. By doing so, we hope to conduct the perfect marriage between awareness and activism.
We had a hard time figuring out where to start and how everything was going to work together, but we were able to take it step by step using Django tutorials. We also had to remind ourselves to not get too discouraged when bugs came up, and it helped to simply refocus on more tangible goals.