Inspiration

Every day, 3 million people commute into London. Of these, over 1 millions are alone in a car. This means that London has become Europe's most congested city. We believe that the solution is a peer-to-peer car sharing platform where people can plan their daily commute together with their neighbors.

What it does

The app enables a user to offer or request a ride, as well as detailing the time when they commute. It is similar to Blablacar, but adds a dimension around daily commute and community building that is focused on London specifically.

How we built it

The app was built in java to be an android app, and the website is HTML/javascript. The Mailjet API was input to the website and will be added to the app as the messaging system between users.

Challenges we ran into

Calculating optimal distances for the driver took some time, which was exacerbated due to missing wifi.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We built a functional app that enables a user to request and offer a ride, as well as optimize the users route by either money he can earn or time it takes to fulfill the journey. We are proud of the intuitive user experience and integration with the Google Maps API. Of course also about the fact that we did so great during our very first hackathon.

What we learned

24 hours can be very short if you don't get your things together early. However, we learned to work as a team, and we all learned that time is a very relative concept. Apart from that, we improved our skills in java, app design, wire-framing, website design etc. We will definitely come back to the next hackathon in Cambridge and apply everything we learned.

What's next for LondonPool.co.uk

We are going to brush up the app a bit more, and then start running email campaigns using Mailjet. The website is live and we will do a full launch in March. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to find out more, links are below. You can also see our website, and the APK for the app is in the second link from the top.

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