Everyone wants to spend time with their friends, whether it's to go to the movies, have a picnic, or just chill at each others' houses. But sometimes you just can't be bothered to have to go through the process of texting all of your friends just to make sure one is available to hang out. This is an issue we wanted to tackle with our app, i'm bored.
What it does
i'm bored allows users to see whether or not they're friends are ready to hang out, or "bored," all within the privacy of their own account. Each account contains a contact list of friends who are on the app, and that contact list is only displayed when the user labels themselves as "bored." The contacts are displayed in a way that allows the user to differentiate between their "bored" and "not bored" friends so that they can consider their options of who to hang out with more easily. "Bored" contacts can then be notified by the user if they want to hang out.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
As we wanted to make our product as simple and user friendly as possible, we spent a large chunk of time figuring out which features we were going to include in the app, so as not to distract the user from the main function of i'm bored. It was very difficult to cut ideas that could potentially have worked in our product, but would've defeated the purpose of making hanging out and connecting with friends a relatively effortless process.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Overall, we're proud of the design of our app. Many of the debates we had over the app itself were about how people could merely see i'm bored as a substitute for a group text, so we reached the decision that i'm bored had to be simple enough for a potato to use. We were able to design and program an app that seems to have a very bare and minimalist design, but actually has a lot going on beneath the surface.
What's next for i'm bored
As of now, i'm bored is a web-application, which works fine across all browsers and operating systems, especially when the Twilio API is involved in terms of messaging. However, we would like to take it to market as an iOS and/or Android application, possibly linking the in-app messaging to the respective devices' built-in messaging applications. Users that prove to use different browsers and/or operating systems could still make use of the Twilio API in order to communicate.