We live in a world where people are less and less social. When we meet someone new we don't always know what to say to them or make conversation with them. But what if we had help with that? What if we knew what to say or what to talk about with a stranger? That's where our app comes in: IceBreaker.
What it does
Our app prepares a way for you to start a personal conversation with a stranger. IceBreaker encourages you to get to know the people around you by learning what they like to do and enjoy.
How we built it
We started out by brainstorming and building our backend RESTful service which powers both the iOS client and the Android client. Then we split into teams of two and started working on both clients and the user interface, while debugging the server code when we ran into issues. After getting the skeleton of both apps finished, we started working on the polishing of the app and the presentation.
Challenges we ran into
Our Android team ran into many issues with setting up the Android project. In general we had a difficult time trying to find a proximity library.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are able to have a working product by the end of the hackathon! We also have a killer presentation. Good job team!
What we learned
Time management, scope management, stress management.
What's next for IceBreaker
In the future, IceBreaker looks to implement many more features to allow for individuals to have meaningful relationships. From visual icons, to a new map view to see others around you, security settings, and multiple profiles for users. This app has potential to help people make real, meaningful relationships with strangers.