We are organizers of Hacklahoma, the first MLH hackathon in Oklahoma. We have realized that we have to travel 6+ hours on average to make it to a hackathon, as the tech and hacking community in Oklahoma is very new. We wanted to create a resource to help connect interested students to the community and resources across the state. Ultimately, we want to create a state-wide organization with the goal of growing the state community.
What it does
In its nascent stages, the website allows the user to click on a map of Oklahoma to look at universities and colleges by county. When they click on a school, it navigates to resources for students at that school including: student contacts, student organizations, academic departments, upcoming events, and local resources.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
We started out using the gatsby framework to construct the website, which was problematic as it only works for static sites and we wanted to implement web app type features. We fixed this by switching to create-react-app We also tried implementing redux, which was ultimately abandoned. We also pulled information from apis owned by the US Department of Education, whose existence itself was surprising, but (as expected for the government) was not up to date as far as implementation is concerned. We ultimately made it work, however.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We have made major strides towards implementing the basic skeleton of what will be an intensive long term endeavor for our organization. Oftentimes the hardest step when you have a big idea is just getting started, but today we made that start.
What we learned
What's next for oklahackers
As the physical network develops and we reach out to schools, we will be adding resources for hopefully every school in the state. We'd also like to develop a network at the high school level. Overall, we'd like to see the state-wide network host events and encourage tech education everywhere.