HEYsquad was inspired by the age-old problem of finding the right friends to go to the movies, or play basketball, or go with to a hackathon, or do any activity.
What it does
We use machine learning to analyze your Facebook friends by looking at an assortment of data (eq. location, likes, past events, frequency of interactions) to suggest the perfect friends to do certain activities.
Problems we ran into
We did not expect to be so limited by Facebook's API. We originally planned on developing a bot that lived in Facebook messenger that you could message at any time with a desired activity and get friend recommendations. However, we could not get the permissions to use a bot or get access to your friend's Facebook data. So, we took on the big task of creating our own messaging platform in React as an alternative to Messanger and also had to settle with using a limited data set to calculate friend suggestions.
What's next for HEYsquad
1) Create a bot that lives on various platforms (eq. Messenger, Slack, Skype, WhatsApp) 2) Add a new feature that intelligently suggests an activity for a group of friends