Let's Hangout Together!
Izzy H., Garima T., Sarah M., Sarah J.
Sloth is a social connectivity platform designed to allow teens the opportunity to release all their fears and troubles to a new friend. Peers who are honest and care will listen and help others find a way to navigate their mental illness, such as anxiety, or social dramas while relaxing with a cup of Starbucks.
Teenagers often feel unheard, especially when they struggle with mental health or social issues and are unable to receive help because they fear judgement for seeking it.
To solve this issue, we decided to create a website that gives teens the opportunity to share their story with a new friend online, and then meet up with them at Starbucks. We use a system that connects users with others based on similar interests and struggles. It also includes a public forum where teens can vent their frustrations, and a local map to help teens find a nearby safe location to meet up with matched friends. Hangout Sloth also contains pages that redirect users to informative websites.
We coded Hangout Sloth with HTML, CSS, and Node.js. We implemented a chat service, Chatango, and used Google Maps API to place a customized map on the website for user accessibility. Not only did we create a matching algorithm to assess compatibility between users, but we also created a database to store this information using mongoDB. When everything was finished, we stored all our files on Amazon Web Services so it could be accessible to the public.