Our inspiration came from services like doordash and instacart. These services offer some degree of errand help, so we wanted to create an app to consolidate all of these services into one easy to use application.
What it does
It allows you as a user to make errand requests. Other users on the app can see these errands and perform them, earning a little extra cash while helping out other users.
How we built it
We created our frontend using Flutter and used Google Map Apis to link up our home page with a functioning map. We store all of our user and errand data in a backend flask and mongodb database server.
Challenges we ran into
None of us have ever used flutter or flask this in-depth so it was very challenging to get a handle on syntax errors and doing basic things we were familiar with like passing props down to different classes. We also were split working on mac and windows which made it difficult as some things were easier run on macOS and our built in ios simulator versus windows.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We made a functioning application that utilizes google maps and makes it easy to create errands directly on the map itself. None of us have used Google Map Apis so this was pretty cool.
What we learned
It is very very very hard to do a hackathon. There is not enough time, a lot of snacks, and too many distractions. Learning how to use a framework prior to coming it is definitely necessary.
What's next for Errand Boi
We're looking to extend our app to include a payment system, rating system, verification system, and a distance functionality to make it easier for users to find the best suited errands.
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