CalHacks is an event that brings together 1500 undergraduate students from all over the country for one weekend. In such a short period, people have difficulty finding the time or the space to meet all their hackers because they are spending all their time coding. Our website makes it quick and easy to interact with a variety of people from the event. In addition, the members of our community who are introverts or have a hard time initiating a conversation benefitted from Calfessions because they now have the opportunity to meet people in a less risky environment. Calfessions provides CalHackers an extra space for bonding and interaction among friends.
What it does
We have developed a website that allows Calhacks participants to share anonymous confessions. After logging into Facebook, a person may post their confession and upvote or downvote previous confessions. Confessions may range from romantic declarations to embarrassing stories, and from compliments to seeking or responding to advice. In a stressful event, such as CalHacks, it is hard to socialize with everyone. Through Calfessions, people can bond over similar questions, thoughts, and emotions – making the event come together as one community.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for Calfessions
Calfessions was successfully launched at CalHacks, but we wish to increase the amount of users on our site by creating more confession pages for all events nearby in a specific geographic range. We also implemented the Twilio API in order to allow users to send an anonymous confession to a specific phone number, however we have yet to figure out how to ensure the person does not get spammed. We also want to use the Twilio API to allow users to log in with their phone number instead of Facebook. We implemented an upvote/downvote system, but have to figure out how to connect that with our database so that the ranking stays when the page is refreshed.