I remember the first time Shu looked at me. He couldn t contain himself. 2 words popped out of his mouth. Those words will remain forever as our team name: Sparky Lashes. Jokes aside, our inspiration came from the fact that google trip was supposed to be a big hit, but it failed. Miserably. We tried to better it. We succeeded. Then we failed. Stay tuned for our story...
What it does
Everything, but what s supposed to actually do. Getting attractive locations? CHECKED. Getting distances? CHECKED. Routing? Double checked. Improving travel time? Well...we are all about sightseeing. We take our time.
How we built it
Sleepless hours, spilled blood and dead bugs are no far from the truth. Coming from a background involving hardcore C#-ing, C++ and Django, we thought about using none of those! 24 hours, of which 23 trying to understand what we were actually typing and one to write this epic story... Our salvation came in the form of API-s and open source. We will never forget our stranger friends. Not only we made the web, but it actually runs.
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We can type jquery in 3 different ways. We added 3 more languages, including a bit of Chinese. We mumbled-jumbled our way thought this hack. We proved ourselves brave and limitless. We attended countless challenges, being involved in machine learning and competitive programming as well as in actually finishing our hack. We even won some points for our houses.
What we learned
Except for the languages, to trust each other. I mean, I found it hard at first to let another pair of hands mess with my code.
What's next for Accio Nimbus
Fixing the totally not existing bugs. Solving the NP-complete part of it. Some glory along the way. Voice integration for ease of access and semi-AI just to take a part of the challenge of deciding what to visit next. We consider ourselves community inclined, therefore we will provide a way of gathering parties for sightseeing. The users would be able to rate guides and propose trips. And, of course, our services will always have a free version.
Carry on and accio Nimbus!