In the dawn of this new sharing economy, we sought to include those who have nothing to share with others.
What it does
When you are walking down the street and see someone less fortunate, but you only have enough time to give them a few dollars, you can use our app to give them a shout-out so that other people can help them too. These shout-outs consist of a location pin, the need, and a description of the location and person you are seeking to help.
When a new shout-out is made, the need is put into a category such as hygiene, food, bedding or clothes. In addition, a Google maps location is recorded and the user inputs some basic details on how people can help. This information is then sent to a database.
Other users will see a streamlined feed of shout-outs upon app startup, with a preview of the map location, distance to the person in need, and how they can help.
How we built it
Using PhoneGap, Handlebars.js, and Ratchet as a framework for the front end, we went for a clean looking, but stylish looking layout. We also used Apache and MySQL for the database that holds the requests.
Challenges we ran into
There were a few hiccups along the way. We originally wanted to create an iOS app alongside the Android application. We wanted to learn new technologies while working on this project, however we ended up spending a good portion of our time learning, and less time expanding upon the project.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Learning many useful technologies along with coming up with an idea that we would love to expand further in the future.
What we learned
We have all learned very much from PhoneGap and MySQL, to project planning and improvisation under pressure.
What's next for UnitedShare
Expanding this little project further and further.