We all have dreams and aspirations that we seemingly never get around to: exercising, learning a new skill, spending more time with the people we care, etc.

We built this app as a no-BS approach for people who want to get more out of their days, because the way you live every day is the way you live your life.

What it does

Our alarm clock is still unfinished, but in concept, it would sync with the user's Twitter account and posts a self-berating tweet or image if the user fails to wake up.

How I built it

We built a SQL database in AWS through Django, which synchronizes to the Android App, which uses the Twitter API to get the user's data.

Challenges I ran into

  • We had issues running the instance and accessing it due to the firewall in ITESM
  • Creating the background service and broadcast receiver have proven to also be quite a challenge (Alarm starts from the moment it is activated)
  • Linking the Android app and DB

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • Getting very positive feedback for the idea and pitch by other developers
  • Getting the instance to run Django
  • Getting that Database working on AWS
  • Creating the Android app from sketches and feedback

What I learned

  • Never underestimate the time and effort coding new things will take (usually 2x the time and 3x the effort.. ha)

What's next for Hardcore Alarm Clock

  • The user being able to give the app actual "bullets" - info and images he or she doesn't want the world seeing, thus giving the alarm all it needs to coerce the user into wakefulness
Share this project: