Inspiration: We are inspired by the academic success of our fellow classmates, this is why we considered the challenges of finding someone to study when you don't know anyone in the class. After experiencing our first year of university and reflecting on the importance of finding a team or someone to help you thrive and immerse yourself in the community, we found study buddies as the perfect strategy. For us, the technique of our first calculus professor at UC Merced by using extra credit just by making study groups helped us realized the importance of not only being able to learn but to teach a subject. He used to mention that, unless you are able to teach a subject to a classmate you will not succeed at learning it.

What it does: An app that focuses on using the school database to allow students with certified emails to register. After confirming their identity for safety reasons, the app provides insightful questions to the user such as subject, learning style, and more. We then assign them to possible study buddies in the same subject of interest. Additionally, it can be used as a tracking app of study hours for school athletes and organizations that required study times, and professors that offer extra credit for simply study with someone. It is a match made in heaven, more like the classroom.

How we built it: We used Java as our main language. We used it as our back-end, using "if" statements and "for loops" to generate user input. We also used Power App in order to implement the front-end, which means we developed a mobile app.

Challenges we ran into: Some of the challenges we ran into were the fact that it was our first hackathon, and out of the four members of our team, only two are computer science engineers students. The other two members are cognitive science and environmental engineering with a passion for learning the applications of coding. We struggled to find a program that we were all proficient at, however, we worked our way around by helping each other and utilizing our resources such as mentors and Google.

Accomplishments that we're proud of: We are definitely proud of challenging ourselves to create and innovate. We could have easily just heard the workshops, but we wanted to be proactive. This is why creating the front end and back end of the applications feels like a success already. However, there is so much more improvement to make and ideas to add.

What we learned: We learned the value of collaboration, as well as the weaknesses and strengths of our teammates. We also used Power App for the first time and attempted to create the interface for the user to be able to interact with the code.

What's next for Focus Pocus: In the search of the perfect study buddy, Focus Pocus will continue to improve the interactions with a classroom environment to be able to offer a wider range of educational help. We will eventually add more features to the app, to help aid students study. For example, we'd offer study music, study tips, and more. We'd also create partnerships with other apps such as Spotify and Google.

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