Inspiration

  • Humans have an instinctive appeal for curiosity. Social media platforms have been developed to target that instinctive nature. For example, although Facebook is officially a platform for people to interact and socialize, its addictive nature comes down to the fact it appeals to people's desire to know more about others (view their feed, see their photos, etc...). Using that idea, we thought about journeys through cities, GO trains, and within subways. While you pass by hundreds of people everyday, you barely contact or speak to any of them or get know more about how they're feeling. This application works on opening a dimension to observe what these hundreds of people are thinking and the vibe they project in order to give a sense of community and offer a better understanding of surroundings.

What it does

  • Every user can write a short 3 word message ("BUB") which is published to the app. This message can reflect anything at all. Whether it is a complaint about the midterm that went bad, a rejoicing thought, or a simple greeting to people nearby. Aftwerwards, a person using the app can see bubbles popping up in the interface containing text sent from the people around him. The motivation for using it is derived from the curiosity to get a feel for what people are thinking in certain geographical regions and enjoy seeing their anonymous messages. You are essentially able to read people's thoughts and get a vibe for how they feel without talking to a single one of them.

How I built it

  • We went about building it using Android Studio for the Front-End while using Flask, MongoDB, Heroko, and Python for the Back-End

Challenges I ran into

  • The interface was a bit complicated to formulate. It was also a hard application to test considering it is very dependent on signals from mobile phones which we could only think of simulating through hardcoding input.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • Learning something new is always an accomplishment and a takeaway to be proud of. I learned to use Mongo database in this hackathon and the process of integrating RESTFUL APIs with interfaces and databases. The idea itself is also a great source of pride and is one I see great potential for.

What I learned

  • Perhaps more efficient planning would optimize our workflow and yield better results.

What's next for Bubme

  • I am determined to extrapolate that idea outside of this hackathon and see the potential to realize it.
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