Inspiration

We wanted to make something to simplify out lives. Knowing where people are and if they want to hang out can be an unnecessarily laborious task.

How it works

We use the Apache Cordova framework for multiplatform development. The mapping is done with Mapbox, which allows for more customization than google maps. Login/friend finding is done with the Facebook API. We couldn't finish the backend, but we were able to get a node.js/mongoDB demo running locally.

Challenges I ran into

We are two front end developers so we faced significant back end problems. Though our demo lacks functionality, it is the coolest front end I've had the pleasure of making. Also, forgetting to allow cross origin access (for developing locally) was a repeated problem.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I've used Mapbox for web portals, but this was my first cordova app with Mapbox. I am proud that we got it to work and got all of our desired UI functions implemented. We also published our demo on the android app store, which is the first time I've done that at a hackathon.

What I learned

We learned a great deal more about Mapbox development. And despite not getting a working prototype, we also learned a lot about databasing. Being forced to do our own databasing was a good learning experience.

What's next for Inner Circle

We want to finish it up in the following weeks. This includes allowing friend selection, a little more databasing, and some modular adjustments for end users.

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