There are many non-profits and charities that need technological solutions, but lack the technical ability to solve these problems themselves.
What it does
We are building an application to help put programmers in contact with non-profits, charitable organizations, and low budget government programs (such as schools or parks departments) who need applications developed. This could be a volunteer coordinator application for a soup kitchen, or a tour guide smartphone application for a park. There are many applications that these organizations need, and currently, those services that can currently build those applications are not priced at a point that these organizations. The solution to this problem we are working on offers a way for developers to volunteer their time and abilities in order to help out these organizations.
How I built it
We used a ruby on rails backend with numerous integrations to build a more wholesome application.
Challenges I ran into
Near the end of the competition, the hosting service we were using went down with less than 4 hours left in the hackathon.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We ended up integrating with a few impressive applications such as moxtra, which provided quite the challenge for our team.
What I learned
We learned a lot about time management as we should have had a backup plan for our hosting issues.
What's next for HopenSource
It is possible that we could continue development on this, but no decisions have been made at this time. We have contacted a number of non-profits who all seemed very excited to see this idea brought to life.