Spontaneous ideas, often the best moments of genius, are not acted on due to the difficulty of recruiting like-minded people to collaborate with. People often stay within their own social circles in pitching ideas, which often limits the diversity in skill assets. We don’t want to see these ideas remain complacent. Our solution is to provide a platform where users both pitch and peruse ideas, therefore ideas will not remain in the private domain of one. Users are able to then further refine the idea through other user’s feedback and communication. This website aims to serve everyone: business owners, web developers, app creators, students. Age should also not be a limiting factor as children often have the most brilliant ideas.


One day, Shuge was eating at a chipotle restaurant thinking about miscellaneous things. A brilliant idea came up but she had no writing utensil nor my phone. So she carved my idea onto the napkin with my keys. But even though that idea was captured, it was never acted upon. We wanted to solve the issue of pushing forward uncapitalized ideas. We chose napkins as a physical representation of ideas scribbled down. The web app process should be as simple as scribbling down your idea onto a napkin. The color orange was chosen as it is a color of youth, vigor and innovation. A light color scheme and material design principles were followed throughout.


  • Upload and draft out ideas: the text editor should be fairly adept (think Medium) → ideas could range from as raw as one sentence or a fully blown out plan
  • The ideas/projects will be have their own individualized project page where people can post a timeline, updates, discussion board (think kickstarter). This space presents the ideator to more effectively pitch their idea.
  • If the user prefers to stay anonymous and not make an account and just purely contribute the idea, that is also an option. However, these untethered ideas will probably be harder to actualize Similar to craigslist, if an idea/project has not been touched upon for a long time, it will be archived and brought back periodically to test for its efficacy.
  • Filters: Users will be able to tag their projects with #photography #feminist #artshack, anything they want.
  • Future implement: Automatically suggest hashtag content based on what they typed in.
  • The ability to create an account and interact on platform (make posts, respond to others)
  • There will be the option of making elaborate comments. Communication wise, the users will be directed to contacting each other through email, phone, other messenger apps.
  • A potential basic text chat feature may be implemented
  • Flag system: Ideas posted on the platform will be upvoted and rise towards the top (Similar to reddit’s upvote, downvote features)
  • Two way view of ideas: You can either browse in a visual list type of form (think Pinterest) or a map view (where you can browse ideas by geographical regions as it is easier to work locally).
  • Map view: You can see what are the ideas surrounding you especially if certain ideas are geographically based (eg. let’s host an awareness event for XYZ in _______)
  • List view: Visual browsing. Users will be able to filter out results with specific categories (Time commitment, type of interest...ect)
  • Surprise me: A random idea in a random category → meant to form unlikely connections

What it does

Napkim provides a platform for ideators to share their thoughts, such as post-shower-eureka moments and spur-of-the-moment geniuses, onto a public database where anyone could peruse and gain inspiration from. Utilizing an upvote system similar to reddit and kickstarter, projects with the most support will be pushed to the top of the list and gain more exposure. Meanwhile, there will be both a list and visual view of the ideas. Ideas could filtered out with various categories, such as time committment, location, money constraints, type...ect Once the website user finds an idea that they fancy pursuing, they will be able to directly contact the author and create further changes.

How we built it

Most of us walked into this hackathon versed in solving theoretical problems, but not real-world applications so we settled on a website as HTML and CSS seems the most enjoyable.  We were able to get each of the pages to emulate the vision even though it may not implement the real feature as of now.

Challenges we ran into

Putting items into the correct space, alignment. For example, images would turn out too large and screw the text over.

Accomplishments that we are proud of

“The buttons actually works; that is so awesome,” - Long

“Drawing several iterations of napkins and settling with one.” - Shuge

“Hosting the website and getting the server to work” -William

“Fitting the text into the rectangle!” - Vincent

What we learned

  • HTML is really weird at times.
  • Color can change or break the design.
  • We should get more sleep.
  • It was good to break up work times with little walks and stuff.
  • You should make a more structured timeline to maximize productivity.
  • The trailer park is interesting
  • how to use GitHub
  • how to google effectively
  • codecademy HTML/CSS course

What's next for Napkim

We hope to turn this prototype into a working website and send it to people to test. Hopefully this idea interests some participants and we can work on it more in depth.

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