Inspiration

As college students, we have very busy lives and often need a calendar management system like Google Calendar. Whenever a new task comes up, we must manually go to our calendar and find an empty slot. We felt this could be done even more efficiently by building an application which found those empty times for you.

What it does

Epsilon connects to your Google Calendar account to access all events you have scheduled. A user can then specify a new event which has arisen, along with information about how long it will be when and when it needs to be done by. The app will then find an open time in the calendar that the event can be scheduled to.

How I built it

We built the front-end of the app using Bootstrap. The actual algorithm was implemented in javascript. AngularJS was used to connect the front-end UI and backend logic.

Challenges I ran into

The original algorithm was implemented in Python. We initially tried to connect the Javascript through an AJAX interface. However, this was deemed not feasible after some time, so the algorithm was rewritten in Javascript. There were also some issues dealing with asynchronous calls to the Google Calendar API.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Getting a working app in 36 hours.

What I learned

Google Calendar API, building any application is hard; it requires a lot of thought and effort on everyone's part.

What's next for Epsilon

Extending functionality, such as supporting multiple events to be added at once, inserting recommended event into user's calendar.

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