Introduction to Hackathons Tech Talk- Thundr

What it does

Responds to text messages with a google maps link to the nearest parking place.

How we built it

A ruby script using sinatra to host a serve that finds the nearest parking places using the Google Maps API, listening to text messages being sent to a Twilio phone number, which is forwarded to the server via ngrok.

Challenges we ran into

JSON object unpacking, non-functioning parking APIs

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We were able to implement an exception catching structure so that if someone sends a location that isn't found by google maps, an error message is returned and the server keeps running.

What we learned

-Ruby is a powerful scripting language -Twilio is a useful, multi-purposed API

What's next for Alparka

Pricing, reservations, and other parking features through text

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