Source: GitHub Blog | Author: Mei’lani Eyre
우리 학생들은 우리를 놀라게 합니다! ✨ 우리 지역사회가 새로운 일상에 적응하는 동안에 전세계의 학생들은 우리 모두가 직면하고 있는 문제들을 해결하기 위한 혁신적인 해결책을 계속해서 만들어냅니다. Hack Quarantine에서부터 가상 졸업식까지, 학생들은 이 어려운 시기에 사람들을 하나로 모으기 위해 기술을 사용하고 있습니다.
Using the Pack beyond class work
Meet Ben Sassoon, a 21-year-old computer science student in his final year at the University of Birmingham. Like many others, he noticed store shelves that once held food and home essentials were now cleared out from panic buying. In response to what he saw, Ben created How Much Toilet Paper, an online tool that calculates toilet paper usage. The setup is simple: Users input how many rolls of toilet paper they have and how often they use it. The site then calculates how long your supply will last during quarantine.
“We’re aiming to reduce panic buying,” says Ben. “The average user has 500% more toilet paper than they need. Imagine having more than 500% of anything that you need. If we can stop one person from panic buying goods like toilet paper, that gives those who really need it with the opportunity to purchase it.”
Do I have enough toilet paper?
The idea was inspired by a joke between Ben and his friend, Sam Harris, about their own toilet paper use. Thanks to the Student Developer Pack, Ben was able to bring How Much Toilet Paper to life in less than an hour. Ben used a number of tools from the Pack in development, including GitHub Pages for hosting, Icons8 and Iconscout for icons, and Weglot to translate, which lowers the language barrier for international users.
Within a day, the site had 500 users and by the next day, users had doubled. They reached one million users globally within five days, and today over three million users have calculated how much toilet paper they need on hand. The site soon gained global attention from the media, and since its creation in March, it’s been featured on some of the world’s most prominent media outlets including CNN, The Verge, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, to name a few.
Ben’s world seemingly changed overnight, and he wants other students to know that this is possible for them too. “There are so many reasons not to do something. It would have been so easy for me to keep this to myself and go about my day. But there’s just as many reasons to go for it. I’m just a student, but it doesn’t matter who you are. Everyone has a chance with the tools that are available now.” Calculate how much toilet paper you need.
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