Being a big fan of Ask.fm, I know how interesting conversations can be when they are anonymous (or at least one side's anonymous). One issue that I faced with Ask.fm was that I couldn't ask follow up questions. Another issue was that things were too public so I thought I couldn't be honest enough with someone. Don't get me wrong, I know Ask.fm is a Q/A app but back home my friends and I mostly used it for confessions. So I thought of learning from those few things and creating something of my own. That's what I call Confessions. (Honest confession by the way - I don't claim to have magically stumbled upon this idea; it was a carefully thought out process).
What it does
It lets you start a conversation with anyone (someone who has a Confessions ID of course) by going to their profile and making a confession (or just writing a private anonymous message). It automatically shows up on the person's home page (Confessions home page) when they log in. You can also follow up on those confessions and basically have a conversation going with the person you either confessed to or received a confession from. It could be your friend, relative or family member, doesn't matter. The interesting thing is that even during these conversations, the person who confessed remains anonymous unless he/she gives off his/her identity.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
Time was a big issue. I couldn't complete the realtime features that I REALLY wanted to. Given it's my first time building a whole app (both back and front end) using AngularJS and SailsJS, it was slightly expected but I wanted to prove myself wrong. Regardless, I loved the overall experience. Also, it was a bit difficult finding useful resources for SailsJS because the community isn't as active (and old) as other platforms I have worked with.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I finished my app!!! I have a working prototype of my idea that basically does all of what I intended to build but just not as well as I'd want. Regardless, I think I can showcase my idea using a working product and for me that's a big achievement. I participated alone and coded for 21 hours straight (I kept a log of my commits and made sure I have them on bitbucket so I can look back at them and remind myself of this hackathon in the future), which was a great experience by itself.
What I learned
SailsJS, SailsJS, SailsJS and Waterline... And of course to communicate with others!
What's next for Confessions
I want to start my own startup with this app. I believe in the idea, so maybe I'll launch it publicly once I can incorporate all that I want for the app. You might see it coming out soon! ;)