Inspiration

I was inspired to build this web app when I witnessed a high school freshman being bullied by a bunch of seniors. When I saw the hopelessly confused look on his face, I knew that he and others like him could benefit from such a service.

What it does

TinyHub is an online forum where kids experiencing social difficulties in their life can chat and recieve support from their peers

How I built it

I built this web app using Node.js, a server-side JavaScript runtime, MongoDB, a database service, and Twitter Bootstrap, a front-end framework optimized for mobile development

Challenges I ran into

There were a lot of challenges that I had to struggle through to get my app to even work. I had a lot of trouble with the spotty internet connection not letting me connect to my database. Also, I found it difficult to implement a proper login system.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I'm very proud of my web app because I had to debug a lot of different aspects of it. For example, when working with Bootstrap, I would get very frustrated when an element wouldn't display exactly the way I wanted it to. After a bit of work (and a lot of Stack Overflow), however, I eventually figured out how it works out.

What I learned

I learned a lot of things at Los Altos Hacks, and the best part is that not all of them have to do with coding. I learned a lot of life skills, such as the importance of good planning, staying calm under pressure, and never giving up, no matter what.

What's next for TinyHub

Originally, when I started developing TinyHub, I didn't want to deploy it onto the internet, but now that I have worked on it for a long time, I think that my app can actually help people. I definitely want to improve on this, and maybe put it on the internet for real.

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