Website InStok: Check store Inventory from Home

Rithwik Pattikonda (left)                                               Darshan Bhatta (R) Photos ABC.GO

WE all know what it’s like going from store to store looking for essential items like toilet paper only to find bare shelves. It’s frustrating and also dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us also have seen the images of spring breaker partying on Florida the beaches blatantly ignoring social distance guidelines.

Two University of Texas students used their time to benefit society.

ABC reports that two Texas teens spent their spring break building a website to help people find what grocery items are in stock at local stores, as the novel coronavirus pandemic has led to a run on many basic necessities.

“When we came back from college, we realized that our parents were really struggling to find some grocery items,” Rithwik Pattikonda, 19, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin, told ABC News. “When we saw the news, we realized that the issue was much more widespread.”

“Everyone was trying to find these high-demand items and were going to five or six grocery stores to find a specific item,” he added. “Especially in this age of social distancing, when we are trying to flatten the curve, it’s not good to have people going out to seven or eight different stores.”

Pattikonda teamed up with his buddy, Darshan Bhatta, a freshman at the same university and fellow computer science major, to figure out how they could help.

“We saw a problem, we tried to find a way that we could solve it, and then we started discussing that there is nothing that really tracks inventory of local grocery stores near you,” Bhatta, 18, said.

So the two developed instok so you can save lives by searching for these items from home.

Great job.

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