The pandemic has impacted many local businesses to cut costs with staff, hours, or shutting down the business as a whole. Local and independent businesses need new and lasting customers to make a comeback and to continue expressing their passion for their products. Consumers are transitioning from passive to active consumerism. This is from people spending time at home and realizing the surrounding items should be of good quality and evoke positive emotion. People are choosing quality and price over commodity and convenience. This app will connect consumers with unique, lasting, neighborhood businesses.
What it does
Ideally, the app would be able to connect with the consumers history of purchases from supermarkets such as Kroger, Target, or Walmart. The program would recognize the repeated items and define the item to begin searching for a match from a local business. The information from the local businesses would be drawn from their online shops to provide accurate pricing and content. The "matched" item would appear for the user for them to compare and decide to buy commodity or to buy local. The user would be able to see their proximity to the store location using GPS. However, if the person were not looking for food but rather gifts, Etsy.com would be presented to highlight artists in proximity. Navigating to a businesses webpage for purchasing items removes any payment security requirement of the app. Overall, the app encourages the user to buy from local businesses by presenting the organized information accurately.
How I built it
I built the user-interface portion using Adobe Xd. I begin with a loading screen as the app were to start up. Then the main screen includes a search bar and the products. From there, I was able to draw paths between screens to show the movement between product images to business websites.
Challenges I ran into
One challenge was not having any back-end development to know if the idea would be applicable. This did not halt my work as my main goal was to visualize the product and to learn new software!
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I'm proud of completing my first hackathon! I had a great time getting to meet people, learning Adobe Xd, and being able to create and design a visual and interactive project.
What I learned
I learned an entirely new software to create and manipulate images. I appreciate having an aesthetic outlet and still being able to solve a problem.
What's next for Seek Out Local
The next step is to begin the back-end development. Another addition could be to compare the users expenditures with supermarket vs. local/independent businesses with user-interface.