It's estimated that there are 200 wellness and lifestyle apps being added to app stores every single day. So what makes Happly unique?

Happly is a personal wellness app. It is designed to encourage users to take control of their mental wellbeing and overall health.


We’re a group that is passionate about mental health and wellbeing. We wanted to make sure that resources for help and ways to maintain or improve mental wellbeing are easily accessible in one safe space.

What it does

Happly is a complete wellness toolkit dedicated to maintaining a user’s emotional wellbeing and improving mental health from anywhere in the world. This toolkit includes features such as daily check-ins, journal entries, and the ability to export its information straight to your doctor via Babylon. Using gamification, Happly personifies each user’s well being with an engaging avatar, known as Ava. Utilizing machine learning, Happly acts as a sentiment analysis engine in which it can analyze information from its toolkit and customize Ava to the user’s current emotional setup.

How we built it

We used a variety of platforms, ranging from Google Docs for ideation, Figma for planning, both Node and Python for coding, React for web-deployment, and Express for API setup. Also made with what is probably an unhealthy amount of caffeine.

Challenges we ran into

For most of us, this was our first ever hackathon and our first time considering the aspects outside of our expertise when it comes to building a product. For example, the gap in knowledge of a UX Designer who had never had to work with a software developer to consider the limitations in what could actually be done in such a short period of time.

We also came onto the challenge of having no experience with React as well as launching Full Stack development.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Getting a working product done by the end of the weekend. We’re a team that pushed through our learning curves and made a hack that we're proud of.

What we learned

A lot about the stigma around mental illness and how significantly it can impact a person’s ability to get help. We also learned that a weekend is a short period of time.

What's next for Happly

Some much needed sleep!

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