Inspiration

  1. Many people have an expertise that others are willing to pay for.
  2. Everybody has a price for their time
  3. What's missing is a tool that allows people to easily advertise their available time, and get paid for it.
  4. Anybody can set a price for his/her time

  5. If there's a lot of demand, price for time will adjust through free market

What it does

Empowers talented people to maximize the profitability of their time. Simple as that.

How we built it

  1. Hypothesized, researched and derived the market painpoint
  2. Conducted customer interviews to validate the hypothesis: market need
  3. Wireframed every step of the product using pen and paper
  4. Created high fidelity mockups for all the pages
  5. We quickly deployed our web server, database, and web app so we could begin iterating immediately.
  6. The scheduling engine was the next engineering task on the list. Since it is the core of the system it was important to get right.
  7. Integrated the mockups into a fully wired and working presentation layer.
  8. Polish. Polish. Polish.

Challenges we ran into

  1. We needed to configure SSL for our web-rtc implementation. Having never done this on my own before I was terrified. Luckily I was around enough talented people and resources that we were able to secure it in no time, plowing pass this hurdle.
  2. We also felt it was necessary to add file transfer support, which sinch does not currently support, so we had to engineer it by hand.
  3. We lost our front end designer on Saturday evening, and Sunday due to a family emergency. Due to this we had to scale back our MVP and couldn't match the design mockups as faithfully.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  1. Idea: There's a genuine painpoint in the market, and it's a very scalable with a lot of room for monetization

  2. Team Spirit: We bonded exceptionally well. Really respect one another. Even during the difficult time when we realized we were a man down, we thought about how to solve the problem, rather than worrying

  3. Design: Wireframing and pumping out 30 high fidelity mockups

What we learned

  1. We learned how to proceed during difficult times: our front end designers not being available
  2. We conducted customer interviews at hackathon, and found that a lot of people at hackathon also want to use the service.
  3. A group of talented people can accomplish literally anything

What's next for OfficeHours

  1. Move from minimal viable product to a scalable, feature rich product.
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