People cramming into stores, only to find shelves devoid of the goods they sought to buy. This is a pressing problem that needs a solution.

What is it?

An app developed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Uses user-reported data in order to provide out-of-stock data on stores in the United States. Meant to limit unnecessary exposure to others in supermarkets by enabling users to ensure the product they are looking for is in stock.

How I built it

This app was built by my team and I with Android Studio. Both the app and the server-side code are under active development. The API functionality is still under development, and no centralized data is yet available.

Challenges I ran into

Getting data on supermarkets in the United States proved to be a challenge requiring a web-scraping program. The setup of a server in order to store our database and provide the desired functionality was also a major challenge.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We managed to finish with a proof of concept in a very short time frame!

What I learned

In this hackathon, my team and I learned a lot about fragments and fragment navigation, as well as the basics of web-scraping and database generation.

What's next for Shopstock

Continued development, and hopefully deployment!

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