When taking part in virtual hackathons, the one thing I missed most was pizza. That got me thinking about how to make virtual events more engaging, and unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to send pizza across networks (and drone delivery isn't original enough!) so I had to settle for the next best thing: achievements!
What it does
Through the website control panel, event organisers can create a new event and select challenges they'd like to be included. The current options are Scavenger Hunt (using image recognition) and Step Challenge (using the pedometer to encourage attendees to stay active!) The attendees use the app to view and complete the challenges, gaining achievements along the way.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
The Google Vision API has some recognised reliability issues, so after several hours of struggling to make it work I resigned myself to leaving the functionality as almost working so I could get the other parts of the project completed.
Finally, in classic hackathon style, Expo broke just as it was time to demo, so I wasn't able to record any evidence of it mostly working :(
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
When I started this project, I honestly didn't expect to be able to come up with anything worth showing in the end, so the fact I have a semi-working project (the pedometer actually counts steps! Amazing!) is something I'm proud of. I'm also proud that I managed to use technologies which were entirely new to me and come up with an idea that could actually be pretty cool when completed.
What I learned
This is my first time using Expo properly, and integrating both a website and an app to Firebase. (I've never been able to connect something to Firebase successfully before!)
What's next for Badger
Adding more challenge types, such as: *Location based - e.g. travel to a specific location *AR - e.g. play an AR minigame Also: *Actual Firebase security rules