Inspiration

We're teenagers, so almost by definition, we're broke and want pocket money. This app offers a friendly interface for teens and other willing parties to make a little money while also helping homeowners get on-demand, cheap service.

What it does

In Uber, users submit a request to be picked up and driven, a service. Hire Me takes this idea of on-demand, cheap service, and expands that to every services - whether that be fixing a computer, moving a couch, or mowing the lawn. Using Tinder's swiping system to match potential workers with job providers, sorting potential jobs by distance from workers. Finally, once a secure connection has been established, Hire Me allows workers and job-providers to text and call each other to confirm their transaction.

How we built it

Built entirely in swift with a Parse back end.

Challenges we ran into

None of us had worked with Parse before, and while we lucked out that Parse was intuitive, there was a little bit of a learning curve there, which hindered our ability to complete all our desired features in time. Another challenge we ran into was that we did not compartmentalize successfully. At previous hackathons, we had created a pipeline and assigned tasks at the very beginning. However, we did not have a concrete idea coming into the hackathon this time and so had to spend the time we usually would dividing up labor on hashing out the idea. This lead to problems in time allocation and confusion as to who was doing what.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  1. We figured out and created a fully functional back end in Parse despite never having worked with it previously
  2. Successfully implementing tried and tested multiple strategies for improved user experience in tandem.

What we learned

  1. Make a pipeline and divide up jobs clearly at the beginning of the Hackathon.
  2. Think of an idea before coming.

What's next for Hire Me

List of Future Features:

  1. Confirm transaction on the app itself and delete from list automatically.
  2. Expand to renting.
  3. More advanced sorting.

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