Technological advances paradoxically reduce the number of real-life social interactions that occur. Everywhere you look all you will see is faces buried in phones, tablets, and laptops. What connectivity we've gained online, we've lost in the real world - until now.
What it does
Icebreakr helps you get through the first few awkward moments of meeting someone new in public settings like bars and coffee shops by placing you in a virtual cafe first. In this channel you will be able to see other app users in the vicinity, interact with them, read their descriptions, or icebreakers, and arrange an in-person meeting.
How I built it
This product lends itself naturally to the mobile platform, so we built for the Android operating system. Icebreakr was built using Java, XML, the Android SDK, and the Facebook Android SDK. We tracked dependencies with Gradle. We utilized hardware as well - NFC tags to create virtual channels and provide a secure way to let new users join them.
Challenges I ran into
The biggest challenge was getting the Facebook Android SDK to work.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We're really proud of making it so far despite having minimal Android development experience.
What I learned
We learned to develop Android applications and how to utilize the Facebook Android SDK.
What's next for Icebreakr
The business model naturally thrives off of helping local businesses by providing them with a new technology they could embed in their stores and shops - the Icebreakr NFC tag. These tags will be tracked and displayed using the Google maps API to show users which locations and businesses offer this new and innovative social platform.