FaraSpara.is (eng: "LetsGoSave.is")
As tourism around the world had drastically reduced in the past couple of months, the Icelandic government encourages people in Iceland to travel locally. At the same time, many people have lost their job or have had to reduce their work hours. People are more focused on spending less and spending every penny more wisely. Lastly, people that travel more have overall better mental well-being.
The question that inspires FaraSpara.is:
How do we encourage people to travel locally in Iceland, and at the same time save money?
We believe that FaraSpara.is solves this question and will lead to better overall mental well-being for the people in Iceland?
What it does
FaraSpara.is is a web platform that collects all the coupons and offers in Iceland and displays them onto one map. It allows people more easily to plan their trips ahead. As a user, seeing all the offers in a particular region could encourage me to travel and to make a wiser decision of where to go.
With a simple filter, the user will be able to select from what offers providers the map displays, and also what kind of offer the the user is looking for. Foe example accommodation, food, activities etc.
How we built it
The team used Trello, Slack and Zoom to communicate as a team and to manage their tasks.
FaraSpara.is is React web application that is hosted on Google Cloud services. It uses Firebase Realtime Database to store its data and to keep all the data synchronized. FaraSpara.is will offer an API endpoint for offer providers to publish and update their offers.
Challenges we ran into
In the beginning, we had another idea, but after the public opinion polling, it showed that our idea wasn't working in Iceland. Therefore we needed to axe our original idea and start all over again with a new one.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we didn't give up after the challenge we ran into, and kept finding new solutions for this hackathon. Secondly, we were able to deploy a MVP live before the time ran out.
What we learned
If there's a will there's a way
What's next for Faraspara
We want to seek mentorship, access to funding, and opportunities to pitch our product further.