Zach, a team leader deployed in Afghanistan and now US army veteran, came to speak about the difficulties that many veterans face during the transition from military duty back to civilian life. Brian and I were impacted by Zach's stories and felt compelled to hack a solution and celebrate our Veterans on Veteran's Day, November 11, the day of the hackathon.
What it does
Veteran Success is a platform that offers resources and guidance to veterans in the core pillars of life: living, finances, career, fun, and love to aid in the transition from military life back to civilian life.
How we built it
We built a native mobile app using React-Native, using MeteorJS and MongoDB for our REST api and backend. We use Liberty Mutual's Shine API, Gyphy API, Google Cloud Platform, Ticketmaster API, and Seatgeek API
Challenges we ran into
We ran into issues geocoding human readable locations to latitude and longitude.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud of building a beautiful mobile application with a decoupled backend that aims to serve the veterans of our country. We are also proud of our ability to creatively integrate a number of our sponsor's API's.
What we learned
We learned that mobile applications are easier to build and beautifully design then we expected.
What's next for Veteran Success
We didn't get to build out the functionality that we wanted for each of the pillars of life: living, finances, career, fun, and love. Next we will refine the functionality that we have built so far and build for the remaining pillars.