Our first meeting, we found it difficult to find a good place to meet up and talk about what we were going to do for the hackathon. One of our team members was frustrated about that first meeting, so the next meeting we had, this idea of an app that helps groups meet up was brought into being.
What it does
MeetUp finds a meeting location for a group of people that minimizes work. That is, the group travels less aggregate distance to the meeting location. This should, on average, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (more on this in "What's next") as well as suggest a reasonable and convenient location to meet up. Groups can meet up for various occasions, such as for food, academic purposes, business, or even a preliminary meeting location so that the group can carpool together. This highlights some of MeetUp's greatest advantages to other similar logistics and planning applications: its flexibility, versatility, and ease of usage.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Some other challenges (of the more affecting but less interesting kind) were slow internet speeds and Glitch's tendency to fail to load our code ("glitch").
Accomplishments that we're proud of
(omg we made a bot and have someone to talk to now!!)
What we learned
What's next for MeetUp
• Making it more user-friendly and friendly
• Adding more specifiers and settings to the location search query
• Improve meeting-location-searching algorithm by factoring in location-affecting factors such as the curvature of the earth, traffic, mode of transportation, cost if using ride-sharing service, and more
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/letsmeetuplater/.
Apparently there is already a Meetup company (you can find their website here). Unfortunately for them, we had already decided on MeetUp as the official name of our application, and as such we will not be changing our identical ignoreCase name. Unfortunately for us, we had to use inferior names when we created the Facebook page.