Inspiration

Carrying a box for an elderly lady as she was crossing the street, we realized that if she had had a way of getting in touch with people around her willing to help, she would not have had to rely on chance.

What it does

It is an app that allows users to submit tasks that they need help with. The users then get help from other users who are in the area and received a notification. It promotes micro-volunteering and random acts of kindness.

How I built it

We started with a back end server hosted through Microsoft Azure, and we interfaced with it through android studio, where we did most of our main development in Java.

Challenges I ran into

  • Setting up the server
  • Figuring out how to interface with the server through the back end
  • creating a clean and friendly UI/UX

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

-Setting up a useful and versatile server in Azure. -Successfully interfacing with XML to setup layouts in the app

What I learned

-How to properly use a back end mobile service, such as Azure. -How to manipulate layouts and UI in XML and Java

What's next for HelpPls

-Integrating a map and location service for people to more easily find people around them -breaking down users by skills -Widening into the campus community

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