Our frustrastion with the lack of tangible action from online petition sites such as change.org inspired us to create a platform that inspires users to enact change in the real world.
What it does
Informs users of relevant activities and petitions to take part in through user's own selected interests and location. When events are near the user's location, they will receive a notification if the event aligns with their interest.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Facebook's Graph API was inconsistent with the json data returned, so when we tried to get event descriptions and cover photos, we were unable to retrieve them.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Building a simple working version in under 24 hours. Learning a significant amount of programming and team work in a short time.
What we learned
Working under pressure is a great stimulus, but team organization is hard to divide quickly because of the pressure. We should analyze the potential challenges in using a technology thoroughly next time.
What's next for NYC Act
We hope to find a substitute or build our own version of events instead of using Facebook's inconsistent API. We would like to implement real-time geotagging and the ability for users to share, like, and comment on issues they care about.