We both know people who own small businesses, so it was quite upsetting when they told us about struggling to keep their shops open without proper advertisement. Other than being a source of income, they see the result of their hard work in their successful business. As a way to help them out and to encourage support of small businesses in general, our project provides a simple way for users to search for small businesses to help.

What it does

Online Simplicity provides information and links to various businesses in an attractive, minimalistic manner to advertise a variety of small businesses. Organized by products, the app demonstrates easy navigation between screens to aid the user.

How I built it

Built using React Native, a Javascript framework, the app is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Product testing was done through Expo.

Challenges I ran into

As a checkpoint, we decided to include small businesses that specifically had less than 50,000 followers on Instagram. It was difficult at times to find small businesses that were that small, but we knew that if we couldn't find them, it was most likely that other customers couldn't find them as well. Once we found such small businesses after researching on social media platforms, we added them to our list on the app, to help with the advertisement.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Developing the app took a major portion of the time, so when it came to designing to appeal, we are proud of the minimalistic design we achieved with little time. It looks clean and simple, so it is attractive and easy to navigate.

What I learned

We gained experience through the design portion of the project, as it was relatively new to us. We also got more experience with time management, and splitting tasks up into multiple parts so they are quick to work through.

What's next for FlareHacks

This was the first hackathon we have ever attended, and it was a great and knowledgeable experience. We enjoyed participating in FlareHacks and we would like to participate again next year!

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