Our team converged on the idea of building a space for “community”, “reflection” and “positivity”. We reflected on what made people unhappy -- the acknowledgement that there is a lack of in their lives. Therefore, we wanted to build a tool that allows them to actively store and see the “enough of” in their lives.

What it does

Joy is a virtual positivity jar that stores moments that brings joy to the user. Moments may be an audio recording of the birds chirping, a screenshot of the sweetest message or a drawing you received from a child. You can store three types of mediums: text, audio and images. Get allows you to randomly retrieve a joyful moment.

How we built it

We wanted to use Google Cloud Services to store all of the moments. HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript/BootStrap for the front end, Google Cloud Services for the back-end.

Challenges I ran into

There was choppy wifi, hindering some of the learning processes. In terms of front end, there we went for a simple handwritten design. It was something brand new, and we had to figure out the implementation and make it happen. In addition, we spent a lot of time debugging the back end code, we are not at all familiar with back-end python and Google Cloud Services.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

CUTE GRAPHICS THAT WE HANDMADE. Saying YES to all design decision and implementing all of them. Learning to work with Google Cloud Services via python

What I learned

You don’t have to aim big. A minimum viable product over an unattainable big step.

What's next for Alpha Joy

Bringing it to the world, and allowing people to send positivity to each other.

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