One of us lives in SF, and another lives in Fremont -- as a result we don't meet up enough as good friends. This inspired us to look into the area of organizing friend gatherings, and the underlying user problems it uncovers.

What it does

Checkpoints enable users to select their meetup preferences, and follows up by providing recommendations for places to go. Users then check in at the location together with their friends interactively to complete challenges, and for whistles and laughs.

How we built it

We built it with Swift on the frontend, and TypeScript NodeJS on the backend.

Challenges we ran into

While Azure mostly worked great with Github and VSCode for standing up quick backends, we ran into MongoDB database configuration issues (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We were proud of the activity picker we built out. It was inspired by letting users express their preferences.

What we learned

We did some UX research with family and friends, and received signal that the user problem is valid, and that scheduling was a big problem to solve.

What's next for Checkpoints

We would want to jam further on the user problem given our learnings, sharpen our understanding of it further, and evolve the product towards solving for that.

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