Software Development
COVID-19 / Health

Use this portal to thank a nurse fighting COVID-19 with food from Baltimore restaurants

64Robots cofounder Jon Robinson created to collect donations for local medical workers. Here's a quick look at how it came together, and the site's tech stack.

Nurses working at local hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic can use support as they work to save lives, and now there’s a site that offers folks a chance to contribute to their next meal.

Jon Robinson created to gather donations that can be put toward meals for medical workers from local restaurants.

Robinson, who is cofounder of ETC-based software development agency 64Robots, said he put the site together in a week after his mom told him about a donation program in New Jersey, and asked if there was a similar program for the Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit, where his wife works.

Finding that there wasn’t one, Robinson decided to build the site where folks can thank a nurse by making donations. As of Thursday, they can choose to support nurses in the units treating COVID-19 patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview or University of Maryland Medical Center. Then he’ll consult with the nurses about their preferred food options, and connect with local restaurants.

“The goal is to create a portal to support as many units and local hospitals in the Baltimore area,” Robinson said.

Check it out

We asked Robinson about the stack for the site, and he said he brought in technologies that are often used by the 64Robots team. Here’s what he told us:

  1. Frontend: Single Page Application (SPA) built in VueJS on NuxtJS, which allows for server side rendering
  2. Backend: This is an API built in the latest version of Laravel (7), hosted on AWS Lambda using Laravel Vapor (which just came out last year and allows for serverless hosting of PHP applications).
  3. Payment Processing: Secure payment processing is handled with an in-house Stripe Integration
  4. Design is maintained by the new, yet fastly growing utility framework, TailwindCSS.
Series: Coronavirus

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