We took on the challenged proposed by ThoughtWorks because we also believe there is a great opportunity of applying current technologies to improve education in less favored entities.
What it does
EduXchange connects communities through a simple feed that allows schools to ask for school resources (books, pencils, etc...) or to offer to others around. People far away from those in need can also help by sending direct economic support to each specific need.
How we built it
We built the solution mainly on Xamarin Forms so it can be exported to the 3 most used mobile platforms: Android, iOs and Windows Phone. This application makes requests to a REST API built with ASP.NET core.
Challenges we ran into
The main project limiting factor was our very limited Xamarin Forms knowledge. We basically spent all day learning basic Xamarin mechanics.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We all connected very quickly with the project idea and shared the same vision throughout the development, and we're very proud of that.
What we learned
We now know how to build a REST API and use it with a very powerful framework we also learnt a lot about: Xamarin.
What's next for EduXchange
We would very much like to finish implementing the API and all the basic functionalities of the application to be able to test it at a small scale. If the project proves to be useful we would like to contact some schools to cooperate in the designing and development of new features.