As college freshmen, we were overwhelmed by the number of events and opportunities coming our way. We found it difficult to manually keep track of every opportunity that we see, so we wanted to automate the process so we never miss anything.
What it does
The Chrome extension scrapes every opened URL, looking for event names and dates/times. It detects this and opens the extension as a popup on the side, giving the option to add to the calendar.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
This was our first time building a Chrome extension and using a Cloud platform, so we struggled with several things, ranging from understanding technical jargon to figuring out how different pieces to connect.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of trying to push through the struggles mentioned above, as using Cloud to build products is at the forefront of modern technology. We are also proud of our attempt to tackle a problem that directly affects us.
What we learned
Working on this project was a good reality check for all members of our team, as it was our first hackathon. Academic coding projects are very structured and have a layout that simply needs to be followed by using the content taught in class. On the contrary, starting from scratch to build a Chrome extension through Google Cloud without having any prior instruction gave us insight into the reality of software development. The development process is not easy. We learned how to seek out resources to solve problems, have resilience, and learn skills as we worked. We believe this was a great opportunity to understand what it is really like to build software products.
What's next for Timetable
We would like to enable text and email reminders as options, rather than only adding to Google Calendar.