Our team was looking for a creative way to enjoy news articles with friends. Typically, this type of media is one that is rarely shared. This leads to a disconnect in education within friend groups on important issues.
What it does
ReadThis is a website where you can curate your own news articles. It allows you to store what you find noteworthy on different boards for yourself and others to enjoy. It is a low-weight yet fully-featured product, as it provides a browser extension so that you can store your articles no matter where you are on the web.
How we built it
We built ReadThis using Python and Flask as our back end, and HTML/CSS/JS on the front end. We are currently hosting our website on Heroku, where our PostgreSQL database also resides.
Challenges we ran into
Being our very first hackathon, there were many challenges that we ran into. Our technology stack was constantly changing as unexpected problems and opportunities arose. We were constantly relocating our hacker-space as event unfolded around us, and managed to successfully deploy our first web-app ever. We believe that the challenges are what made our project grow into what it is today, and we couldn't be more proud.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were able to integrate multiple different technologies, many of which we were unfamiliar with until the hackathon began. Exploring with tools such as Microsoft's Graph API and struggling with Amazon's Web Services, we overcame a lot of struggles and grew closer as a team.
What we learned
We learned many new technologies as mentioned previously, however the biggest obstacle we overcame that taught us the most in the end was time management.
What's next for ReadThis
We are hoping to continue developing ReadThis as it is something that we found ourselves becoming very passionate about. Among other things, it led us to discover new tools such as Microsoft's Graph API which was invaluable in the development of our product. There are a multitude of features that we did not get a chance to implement, but are looking forward to completing soon.