While at the hackathon we hit a wall in our program proposals. It seemed that with all of our ideas flowing at one time, we simply could not hit the "full Monty" of ideas. We wanted something simple, something that spoke to the audience around us, but most importantly, in the midst of such grand ideas, we wanted something practical! While in the thick of our idea hiatus, we did what any group of women does when they can't seem to make a decision...we took a group trip to the bathroom. While in the bathroom the three of us laughed as we swapped embarrassing bathroom stories that happened while on our separate campuses, thus was birthed the idea of Occupotty!
What it does
Occupotty is an app that helps students and visitors to not only find bathrooms on campus, but also comment on the quality and location of the bathroom. For example, if you are a bit more shy when it comes to nature's call, the app can help you to find a private bathroom while on campus. The app can also be used by campus maintenance to know what restrooms need attention and when. This app allows people to upload reviews, pictures (appropriate pictures), and even funny stories or moments that happen while in the restroom.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
As stated in the previous paragraph, we came into this Hackathon barely knowing how to trun on our computers let alone create a website with them. We are not only proud of all that we have learned through developing this idea, but we are also proud of how we all worked together. It was great to see as the process went on how each of us sort of molded into our desired roles. At the beginning, we all felt pretty useless due to our lack of computer knowledge, but as we hacked away (see what I did there?) it was incredible to see how all of our individual talents met a direct need for the development of the project!
What we learned
What's next for Occupotty
We ultimately want occupotty to be a part of every campus. We want to create a simple search app that will find your campus (or the campus you are visiting) and will pull up the floor plan of said campus. We are also hopeful that Occupotty will take off as a sort of socail media hub. In the same way that YikYak allows people to talk about their campus, and thus makes a sort of inside joke comradery, that Occupoty will become a place for people to post funny stories, thoughts, and helpful tips to make their bathroom experience all the greater. We are also hopeful that Occupotty will become a Helping hand to campus maintenance as they will be able to view the needs in each restroom and solve problems all the quicker.