Inspiration

We all know so many amazing small restaurants which make the best food. Unfortunately because of the difficult circumstance that we’re in, small businesses are losing lots of money because of a lack of customers. Companies like Doordash and Grubhub cater largely to chain-restaurants while pushing small businesses to the side. This problem inspired us to launch Quickbites in order to help save the local restaurants we all love.

What it does

Our website is a food ordering website exclusively for small restaurants. The user can filter through restaurants based on: distance, price, cuisine, and delivery/pick-up. We also run a food blog where every month we feature a different small business. You can learn about the restaurant’s history and even receive a special discount with a code! In our maps tab, you can use google maps to find a restaurant closest to you.

How we built it

We built this website using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. We worked on a repl.it link and then transferred the code into GitHub at the end. We used some outside resources such as Unsplash for uncopyrighted images, a bootstrap website to find a template for our website, and a Google Maps API. We haven't used any real small-business examples in our project but we would like to if we make it professional in the future. As of right now, we have used fake restaurants made by us.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into some challenges when trying to work as a team because we all had very different ideas and lacked good communication. Another challenge we ran into was getting the Google Maps API to work and to do what we wanted it to do but we persevered and got it done. This hackathon had many challenges but proved a great opportunity for us to learn.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're proud of the Google Maps API because that part of the website took us a long time to hook up and get right. We are also proud of the blog page where we had to create lots of info. Many of the vector images on the website are also custom designed by our team.

What we learned

We have to manage our time very wisely. Our team spent a long time on decision making where we could have improved the website. Communication is the backbone of a team project and we really understood how we needed to improve after going through this project. We also learned how to navigate around a bootstrap and add in our own changes.

What's next for Quickbites

We would love to expand our platform from small restaurants to small businesses in general. We also want to fine tune our website so that the user can order through the website itself. Something else that we would want to add is more filter options where the user can select a price range, cuisine, specific distance, and delivery options. Another idea we have is to incorporate ads for staffing in small businesses because these new jobs are often not publicized enough, and this type of marketing will help people obtain jobs and support local businesses at the same time.

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