Honestly Jini Kim's keynote speech inspired me to try and solve an important problem. Just this school year I "rescued" a dog (Trooper). And there are a lot of things people don't tell you when you take in a stray, I wanted to provide a sort of 'digest' of info that would've helped me back then and hopefully will help others in the future.
What it does
As of right now, it's an online guide providing information, useful links and a strong narrative/step-by-step process to how to go from: picking up a dog from inside a box, while it's raining, to taking them home.
How I built it
Super basic web dev. I wanted to do a lot more, but got caught up with complications and then scaled back to the original reason why I pursued the idea.
Challenges I ran into
Unfortunately I'm the only member of my usual team that was accepted, so without them I definitely felt like I was restricted in my implementation. I struggled with PHP primarily and had some other minor problems during the process.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I think the narrative is strong and honest. The links are actually useful. I hope if I implemented some solid SEO, that the info would be relevant enough to help people get the information they needed to prepare easily without having to reactively Google problems instead.
What I learned
This weekend I learned that implementation isn't as important as the problem. Our focus as Silicon Valley programmers are too commonly skewed to monetization problems instead of ones that actually matter.
What's next for newDoggo
Asides from extra features, I want to start an online community, initially with a Facebook group and newsletter, to connect and support people taking in strays.
Once I get the chance to take this back and work with my team I want to add the following functionality.
A stray pet reporting system (GPS tagging with photo upload, "Have you seen this doggo?" */
An adopt-a-pet profile matching system (dog, cat; male, female; color, age, etc.)