We were inspired by the app Reddit and their community on problem solving. Along with that, we were also inspired by Hypixel's Bug Forums.
What it does
Build UCM is a Web-App which will allows students to voice opinions and suggestions for improvement on campus. They can also create study sessions where other students may signup through the library system to join, which help improve social interaction. The forums would be regulated by the school and would help create more interaction with them. Students will be able to upvote and downvote threads based off if they agree, pushing them to the top of the forum. Every week the forum will reset and the ones on top for that week will be responded to by staff/faculty on the changes that students requested.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We weren't completely sure how to implement the up/down vote system to our posts. We also weren't sure how to create threads using replies, which is the idea of a never-ending chain of replies to replies. We wrote it down in our Jamboard but we sectioned everything out based on priorities to ensure we produce an MVP, so we decided we didn't have enough time to implement these features. The back end was the most difficult part of the project. We were planning to use a library called "FlaskBB" for forums, but we couldn't understand how to use it in the time we had. We also had difficulty setting up our project on Google App Engine. GAE changed to Python 3 recently and we had not known and didn't get a chance to figure out how to create the code for it, since a lot has changed.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of creating our database, as we had to re-create it two times. Everything runs very smooth (though we did not get the site online). We are also proud of the UI we created using an HTML5 Template as the main page really helped save time.
What we learned
We learned a lot about databases and how one to multiple relationships work. Along with that we learned BootStrap, improved our HTML, CSS, JS. We also learned that creating a forum takes quite a bit of work, but it is very possible once we put in a bit more work.
What's next for Build UCM
We hope to finish Build UCM and showcase it to the school as a way for them to connect with the students. With UCM constantly expanding, Build UCM will allow students to voice what they might want on campus to help improve their academic standings overall. We may also be able to implement this system with other schools after showcasing the capabilities with UCM.