During the hackathon, we struggled and couldn't get the help we needed. Grabbing a mentor was like a hunt and not every mentor knows everything. So, we wanted to create an app that solves this problem.
What it does
It allows the user to choose the nearest location and send a help request in Slack. This will ping the mentors so they can come to help the user.
How we built it
We built it using Slack APIs because we wanted to reach the mentors in a convenient location. Slack is a very popular team communications app.
Challenges we ran into
The main challenges that we faced through designing this are getting the webhook to work efficiently and send the proper information to the Slack app and changing the text based on which buttons were pressed by the user when they pressed the red button.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The way we were able to stylize the web application to be clean, sophisticated, and functional without being too cluttered.
What we learned
What's next for RedButton
The current scope of RedButton is very small and has a lot of room to grow and become commercialized. RedButton can be expanded to include more varieties of notifications and personalized uses. The next step would be adding a login service so mentors can create their own versions of the RedButton and integrate it with their slack workstations. Another step would be expanding the integration to include other communication tools and platforms such as text messaging, discord, and iMessage