Bookup - hookups for books!
What it does: The Bookup App is for readers of print books who want to swap their books for other books in their area, free of charge, and potentially make a new friend with a shared interest in reading. Bookup provides location-based book swapping functionality.
How I built it: Worked with iOS developer contractor. Technologies used: AWS database for hosting the book images, Heroku for the server/dynos, Mailgun for the email verification, Open-source Parse Server (Node.js) and MongoDB, Facebook for login API
Challenges I ran into: Facebook shutting down Parse backend, finding reliable/committed developers, user retention, small iOS market share compared to Android.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of: App accepted into Bootstrap track of Facebook's FbStart, a program for mobile startups. App chosen "because of its impressive development so far" and "engaging user experience." Value: $40,000
Mentioned in article "20 of the best iPhone and iPad apps from July 2016": http://bit.ly/2j7VXAb