Our story begins two month ago, a few days before Ido's birthday (Ido is one of our team members), I planned to buy him a gift. After a long search, I found the perfect gift. I was ready to purchase it, but my parents weren't home and I had to wait for them to come back. The item was sold already when they did, and Ido never got his present. We came to the conclusion that a solution to all the teenagers that can't use eBay is needed.
What it does
Payrent allows teens to make purchases on eBay, with the full support of their parents. Teenagers can consult with their parents about purchasing an item, and their parents can finally decide if they'll buy it. If they do, they can order it instantly from the app. Payrent also allows eBay systems to learn the usage of every product and their target aduiances. By parsing the teens requests (and their conversations), following relevant keywords and defining sentences, eBay can give every user the best site experience:
- Correcting listings tags with the most related category, in order to make your searches accurate and to help you find exactly what you need.
- Promoting the most relevant products for you, based on a match between the target audiance you're associated with, and the data Payrent provides about them.
Challenges I ran into
One of our computers was very problematic, so we had to install a completely new OS during the Hackathon.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I'm proud that we managed to build all the parts of our program (Server, IOS and Chrome extension). It wasn't easy, but we did it.
What I learned
I learned that things won't always go the way you expect them to, and you should be prepared.
What's next for Payrent
In order to reach more users, We're planning to reach more platforms. For example: Android, Safari, Windows 10 Mobile and Firefox.