Inspiration

We were inspired by not being able to see our friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. When trying to reconnect with friends and family that we have not seen in a long time, catching up over a meal and trying to meet in the middle is the go to option! We wanted to make a website that would make it easier to bring together groups of people in this way.

What it does

The user can input the addresses and cuisine preference of everyone in their group. After hitting submit, the website will show restaurants that are in between all members of the group and offer the types of cuisines chosen.

How we built it

Food connections was built as a Static Web Application using Serverless Architecture on Microsoft Azure.

Challenges we ran into

Overcame a huge setback when our azure api wasn’t able to communicate with our static web app, diagnosed the issue and had to rebuild from the ground up. Large amounts of miscellaneous bugs and issues along the way, the team had little experience working with the tech stack we decided on and had to learn along the way heavily.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We were able to create a platform that brings together people. We had many setbacks along the way, our first 2 platforms for hosting the webapp did not work. But, we were able to get past them and pivot multiple times. To still create a project we are confident in submitting.

What we learned

We learned how to host an application in the Serverless environment on Microsoft Azure. Many of us hadn’t worked extensively with Javascript prior to this project, and it helped strengthen our asynchronous programming skills having had to deal with HTTP trigger functions.

What's next for Food Connections

We would also like to include a map that shows a visual of where the restaurants are located, the mid point of the group and the location of all group members. We also hope to incorporate additional functionality including users adding more preferences and eventing creating an application where multiple people can interact with each other and form groups.

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