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Buddy Project

Non-Profit Organization

Buddy Project is a non-profit movement that aims to prevent suicide and self-harm by pairing people as buddies. They primarily focus on children, teens, and young adults across the globe.

By providing positivity, companionship, resources, and education, they are dismantling the stigma of mental illness, bullying, and negativity on social media. By introducing these concepts at an early age, Buddy Project hopes to promote empathy, compassion, and awareness of mental health issues.

The Buddy Project wanted to replicate their mission through a digital platform. In order to accomplish this, we have built them an iPhone and Android mobile app that is available for those that need it the most. The mobile application matches the same goals, ideas, and philosophies that have defined the Buddy Project’s operations for the last five years. The application can match those of similar ages and interests with like minded individuals to become buddies.

We designed the application to match the aesthetic and branding that the Buddy Project has executed over the first five years of their existence. The application has similar functionalities found in modern messaging apps such as iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. However, we designed the application to be lightweight enough to keep it within budget and make it easy to use for all demographics, from pre-teens through adults.

Users can create a profile that showcases their personalities. You can add your own profile image, cover image, write a small bio, share where you’re located, and include your interests. Users can tag existing interests entered from previous users, create their own, and then see how many others worldwide share their same interests too!

Privacy and security features were extensively planned for this application.

Safety features such as reporting were built for day-one. The app follows all encryption and data storage best practices to comply with federal and state laws for collecting data on young adults and pre-teens. A simple administrator backend portal allows people within the Buddy Project organization to manage their users, handle reports, and control things such as word censors.

"We're impressed with the design. They implemented our ideas and recommended the ways we could improve them, so the design turned out amazing. It really fits the vibe of the app, which is exactly what we wanted. They deliver everything on time or ahead of schedule, so we've been very pleased. They send me email reminders and we use UberConference to communicate, both of which work very well for us. They've exceeded our expectations. They're invested in the project and form strong connections with their clients. I've always felt comfortable talking to them."

Gabby Frost - Founder of the Buddy Project

Some of the technology that we supported when we created the Buddy Project app

Buddy Project was built as an iPhone and Android application using React Native and with REST APIs, supporting iOS 11, iOS 12, and Android 8, Android 9. For the administrator and server-side, we used PHP with Laravel.

Are you impressed with Buddy Project? Hire us to help you with your app too!

We're a full stack design & development agency that is as hands-on as a CTO+Team out of the box. It is much harder to find a team with great chemistry that has the shared talent to back it up, and we take pride in our effort to achieve both.

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