You've been invited to a potluck. Sounds fun! But wait... what to bring?? Are there dietary restrictions / allergies to be aware of? How much food should you make? Is somebody else also bringing a kale salad?
We recently hosted a trivia night where we had two Caesar salads, not enough wine, and one person wasn't able to eat everything because of their allergies! Not to mention, as hosts, we were stressed leading up to the event whether or not there would be enough food.
Though going out to eat may be a more convenient way to spend time with friends, we believe in the power of home-cooked, shared meals. It's less expensive, fosters connections, and wastes less resources! Gather is designed to make hosting dinners easy.
What it does
Gather makes hanging out easy, safe, and sustainable by providing a simple, no-login-required interface that allows hosts to request items at their event and guests to share what they're bringing. Dietary restrictions (i.e. vegan, kosher) and allergies (i.e. wheat, dairy) are made public to the group so that everyone has something to eat.
How we built it
We used Vue.js to build the front-end, and connected it to a Firebase database to store and update the data.
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are super proud of Jodi for how quickly she caught on to Vue.js and was able to create multiple aesthetic, responsive screens! Johanna really spear-headed the product design aspects of it, and her documentation helped keep us organized and on track. The thoughtful design and user-focused experience is what we are excited to share with the world!
What I learned
What's next for gather
We see this as an app that would be helpful not just for millennials organizing dinner parties, but also for PTO gatherings, birthday celebrations, or even a potluck wedding! Next steps include building a more robust UI with more customization possible, adding more accessible design features, and building a more featureful system.