Story Behind Re:Space


One of the biggest disruptions the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused is towards offline retail. Many businesses have started closing shops due to piling rent thus opening up potential spaces for newer businesses to fill them once the situation gets better. We believe that times of crisis like this is the optimal time for disruptive marketplace solutions to come in and change how people find and promote spaces for rent in Indonesia.

Commercial space marketplaces is important because often, business owners have limited access to information (One of our teamates has first hand experience when trying to expand his family business). We see that in the current landscape, the reason these marketplaces aren't working is because the platforms are not well maintained and not built to scale.

With that said, we believe with the right code and user-focused design, we can provide significant value to SME's looking to start up or expand to new areas. Sure marketplace solutions aren't as sexy in 2020 as super smart AI bots or virtual reality games, but if it does solve a problem why not give it a shot?

What it does

Main Features

  • Search for top available commercial spaces (Limited to malls in current MVP)
  • Interactive maps to get a birds eye view of the mall / shopping centre
  • Detail information regarding Mall and space
  • Save spaces to Watchlist so you can view them easily (and scout for price drops!)
  • Dashboard to trackand manage spaces you've rent

How we built it

Frontend Stack

  • NextJS
  • Typescript
  • Styled Components

Backend stack

  • Express + Typescript
  • Jest + Supertest
  • PostgreSQL + TypeORM


  • Docker


How To Install & Run


  • Running apps locally (development mode)
  • Start DB service in docker with docker-compose -f docker-compose.test.yml up -d
  • Run DB migration with npm run migration:run
  • Start application with npm run start:dev
  • Apps will be running on http://localhost:3000
  • Running test on local machine
  • Start DB service in docker with docker-compose -f docker-compose.test.yml up -d
  • Run DB migration with npm run migration:run
  • Run test with npm run test
  • Running test inside docker with dockest
  • Run npm run test:dockest


  • Running apps locally (development mode)
  • set environment variable $ export API_URL=
  • run in dev mode npm run dev
  • Build app
  • set environment variable $ export API_URL=
  • build app npm run build
  • start app npm run start

Challenges we faced along the way

  1. Coordinating effectively while remote (We manage to do it though 24 hour Google Meet Session)
  2. Designing the right backend architecture (We want to make sure our app is modular, testible, and scalable)
  3. Making interactive maps from scratch (Turns out you can do it with SVG tricks!)
  4. Making sure the backend and frontend team are in sync and aware of what each other is doing or needs

What we're most proud of

  3. Tried our very best to always stick with the best practices

What we learned

  1. Sometimes it is better not to reinvent the wheel
  2. When time is limited you need to learn to sacrifice features
  3. You CAN code for 36 hours as long as you have your friends with you
  4. Using and OpenAPI saves a lot of time and communication cost

What's next for Re:space

  • Chat feature
  • Commercial space owner dashboard
  • Payment System

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Dev Notes 1

  • Backend services finally running, tested, and optimized for scalability
  • Our Frontend Masters figured out how to make interactive maps using SVGs, Awesome!!
  • Design Guy finalized the mockup
  • Implemented user authentication from scratch!! (Is it going to be seen on the demo? Nope, did it feel good when it worked? HELL YEAH)
  • Will we make it in time to get it up and running? Stay tuned!

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