Snaper is the Finalist of TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2019

Evan Spiegel, the founder of SnapChat, was pitched by the team before the Finals

Inspiration

"What is the meaning of life?" "Are we the only living creatures in the Universe?" "What is Happiness?"

Such questions are perfect to discuss in groups rather than one-on-one, but how and where can we do that fast, easy, and with as many participants as possible?

We've found the answer! There are 200M daily users in SnapChat. They publish, watch and response to each other stories in direct messages. These stories are actually amazing instruments for proposing interesting multi-user discussions, but SnapChat doesn't provide such functionality. Well... didn't provide, until we decided to create Snaper.

What it does

Snaper lets you initiate a multi-user topic-oriented discussion right in a SnapChat story! It works as easy as one-two-three:

  1. Login via SnapChat
  2. Create an interesting Topic for discussions and Add it to a SnapChat story
  3. Get feedback and engage your followers in a Topic-oriented group chat

How we built it

We worked very hard to make it possible in just 2 days of TechCrunch Hackathon:

  1. Designed the concept
  2. Designed the interface of the app
  3. Integrated SnapKIT using Swift and React-Native
  4. Found the right name for the app: Snaper - it has something common between Snap and Twitter; moreover, it sounds just like our favorite fish!
  5. Developed the Login Page
  6. Developed the feature to create and publish Posts in SnapChat
  7. Integrated the posts in SnapChat with Snaper app and it's content through Deep-links
  8. Created the database on Google Firebase
  9. Wrote the perfect title, subtitle, description, and keywords for the App Store
  10. Designed the screenshots and videos for the App Store and Snap KIT Review teams
  11. Slept a few hours, had a few meals and a few coffees

Challenges we ran into

When we decided to accomplish all our goals in such a short time we had faced controversial feelings:

  • we thought we were close to success
  • after we spent 2 days coding and designing the product, we thought we were doomed
  • on the final morning of the event, we thought we were close to success again because we've finished even more than we planned!

It was extremely challenging to: a) integrate Snap KIT with React-Native having basically zero documentation for that b) do all this work using four hands only, but we've had a lot of fun because we used all the potential of our minds

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We're proud to be the part of TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, and we're proud that we still remember how to create amazing products and never give up!

What we learned

We learned that nothing is impossible!

What's next for Snaper - Posts for SnapChat

We're going to make this app viral, reach the top charts of the App Store and Google Play, and promote the topic-oriented discussions among 200M daily users of SnapChat and beyond.

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