Inspiration & What it does
When we learned about Amazon’s undercutting of small businesses, we were devastated. We built our product to help small businesses getting pushed out of industries by bigger companies with more economies of scale: specifically, the ability to adapt to COVID-19 circumstances.
How we built it
We created a responsive web app using
MongoDB database transactions. Our backend is written with
Express.js to provide the customization we needed for our
API. The web app serves mainly as the dashboard for local businesses to manage, update, or remove the products they wish to sell. Our website also serves as the landing page for our Chrome extension available to users. Users would then download our chrome extension, which reads an Amazon product you are viewing when activated. Our extension would then theoretically connect with our backend and retrieve the most relevant products sold by local businesses within your zip code. We were able to deploy our website to Azure Web Apps and customize it with one of our own custom domains. We also were able to use Chrome Extensions to start the creation of our chrome extension.
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of and what we learned
What's next for fairycomm
The future of fairycomm is undecided. Once fully functional, it will be more effective the more small business register and the more people we have using our chrome extension. It may require a bit of time investment to prepare for an official launch, but our community will be better for it. We plan to complete our backend design and implementation as well as implement and improve our Chrome Extension for better user accessibility and use.