Current messaging apps are rarely designed with students and/or academic communities in mind. We wanted to create an app that makes it easy for students to reach out to one another because every student needs people to collaborate with. no matter the class. Made by students, for students.
What it does
Herd allows for students to reach their professors and peers easily and on demand; fostering multiple levels of interaction without any bothersome middle steps. Some of our features include the ability to make private and public chats that include class specific conversations between students, student-teacher chats, and variations of those that are visible to the teachers and some that are private for the students.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Some of the ways in which we chose to build our UI turned out to be extremely slow, as we attempted to make a custom UI just using HTML and CSS. Another general problem we encountered was scraping course and section data from PASS.CalPoly.edu due its formatting, which wasn't organized in a useful way directly.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud of our account security system, having been able to successfully integrate firebase for user authentication and security. In addition, we are proud of our UI because it is welcoming, pleasing to the eye and understandable, which we think are necessary characteristics for breeding organic collaboration.