We are all juniors who are about to start the housing process for our senior year. We wanted to create an app that would help us and our peers through this process, especially since many can't actually visit senior houses due to COVID.

What it does

HOME stores information about all of the woodframe houses at Wesleyan and allows current seniors to rate their homes to provide more context for current juniors who are trying to make housing decisions.

How we built it

We built this app using react native because we wanted to use a new technology that we had never used before but that we knew was super cool and ~hip~. As people who had primarily used Python, using Javascript was definitely a challenge, but we spent most of Friday learning it. We integrated Firebase and Firestore very easily, and then used Firestore exclusively as our database. We used functional components for React-native to be using cool new tech, and so that we could easily map components and reuse components. Also, in the process of building an app we were able to build a website too, with no additional code!

Challenges we ran into

As mentioned above, we used React Native and Firebase for this app. Our levels of experience with these technologies range from none to very little, so each one of us had to learn as we went, which was challenging. Everything from searching Stack Overflow to debugging suddenly became much more daunting and time consuming, but we rose to the occasion and finished a working app in the time frame of the hackathon.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We’re proud of all of the progress we made in just 48 hours using a technology that none of us were previously familiar with. We also made a website in addition to an app, with the same codebase!

What we learned

We all learned how to React Native, a technology that we had never used before! We all now have a good understanding of how to use React Native and are looking forward to using it again in the future. We also learned important time management and teamwork skills as we raced to complete our respective parts of the project and lace them all together this morning.

What's next for HousingOptionsMadeEasy (HOME)

We are hoping to clean up the UI and get this in the hands of the Wesleyan Community! We also want to add in the ability for users to add in photos of their house which can be viewed by house shoppers! We are currently in the process of getting it on the GooglePlay Store and the Apple App Store!

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