As our group brainstormed, we thought of all of the problems we could address, such as what we saw in our day to day lives. At some point or another, we began to discuss the homeless and the adversities they faced. While thinking about how we could tackle the issues of the homeless and low-income, we stumbled upon data showing the low access to food and groceries that many American families faced. For some, not having a car made it difficult for people to go grocery shopping and get food and necessities they might need - especially if they had to work many hours of the day. We decided that we could address this problem with a tool that we used when we needed things from places not immediately available to us on campus - Postmates. The intersection of the two resulted in CrowdNine.
What it does
CrowdNine a web-based crowdsourcing platform, connecting people from low-income areas with people who want to help them out by funding them for individual baskets of groceries and food. Users sign in through Google and Facebook Authentication to maximize security. Donors perform transactions through the Stripe API, and recipients request and receive their baskets through Postmates and the Postmates API. We used Google Geocoder to give local results and options to donors and recipients.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Getting the stack to work in the first place was a huge achievement, considering we had never done it before. After getting something running, we started tackling the different API calls, and were able to successfully get data from all of the ones we tried. While it seems relatively simple, some members of our group have struggled to deal with this portion of the development cycle beforehand, making our success even more incredible.
What we learned
What's next for CrowdNine
We hope to build the CrowdNine platform to be more robust and be able to handle a significant amount of users. Furthermore, we hope to increase the amount of products that we can offer low-income families beyond basic groceries and necessities.