We're familiar with the troubles small businesses have when connecting with potential customers to receive feedback. Even with recent advancements in technology and social media, it can be challenging to holistically answer inquiries about the demands of the free market. Additionally, Indonesian small businesses are vulnerable to economic loss and consumer disengagement during COVID-19. Small and medium-sized enterprises are encountering a reduction in demand and consumers are experiencing heightened uncertainty and disconnection with the community. Since SMEs essential to overall economic success, we wanted to give smaller businesses an edge in customer outreach and simultaneously allowing consumers to provide effective feedback to businesses. Our accessible, safe, and digital tool aims to strengthen resilience as well as social dialogue and cohesion.

What it does

Pwing allows businesses to promote their services by interacting with the local community directly. The main function of Pwing is to allow business profiles to pose questions and personalized surveys to their consumer base, allowing any and all participants to post, approve of, and share opinions. Businesses and users are able to search up companies, and their location will display on the map. Businesses and users are also able to save companies, which are then easily accessible in their bookmarks. They can navigate to a business from the search bar or their bookmarks page and view their profile (name, email, phone, location, and description) as well as the questions that entity has created. They can then respond to question(s) and upvote other answers. Pwing allows users to sign in, log in, log out, view their bookmarks any time, and edit their profile as well.

How we built it

Utilizing to execute our web application, we stored users, companies, and their attributes in databases and data types. Using this directory, our application works with the data and displays them in various elements. We structured workflows to trigger webpage actions. We integrated Google API to create an interactive map that displays the location marker of a searched company.

Challenges we ran into

Because of our project’s technical complexity and as first-time users of Bubble, we sifted through manuals and documentation to extensively learn about workflows, conditionality management, data structures, dynamic expressions, plugins, and more. We encountered challenges in passing relevant data between different users but were ultimately able to overcome them using our knowledge about Bubble and programming.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Completing our goals within the 36 hours of the hackathon and being able to present a usable, polished product has been incredibly rewarding. We felt that we have developed a tool that could empower Indonesian small businesses and contribute to aiding the economy during this crucial time.

What we learned

We learned about the architecture of the bubble engine, discovering all of the features it has to provide. We learned about using Google APIs and geolocation tools. Our technical skills in API design and data management were also deepened.

What's next for Pwing

We are planning to add functionalities to the interactive map, providing users with more information and ways to contribute to local businesses. We also would like to integrate more data analysis tools and survey types for companies. Finally, we plan to add a directory that allows users to find businesses without directly searching for them.

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