We feel that many items in a household do not get used very frequently. Examples include: lawnmowers, vacuums, rakes, multimeters, etc.
We looked at existing marketplace platforms - Amazon, Kijiji, etc - and we found that there wasn't a great system for sharing items. Although each platform could be modified to adapt to sharing, we felt it was best to build a solution from the ground up, that was aimed explicitly for the sharing economy.
What it does
We show items available to share by people that post on our platform around the user's current location. We also implemented fuzzy-match searching and user posting.
How we built it
We used Angular for frontend and Java Spring Boot for backend.
We leveraged Google's Maps API, GeoCoding API, and hosting for our MongoDB instance.
Challenges we ran into
- Time was short
- Doing a hardware hack seemed interesting at first
Accomplishments that we're proud of
- Backend and frontend actually communicates!
- Using a lot of interesting services
- Implement scheduling for shared items
- Create a system of trust