Why?

We wanted to create an event calendar by and for students to catalog all events, whether formal or informal, on campus, as well as provide a filtering system that can be used to sort events by location, accessibility, food and drink options, price (if applicable), target audience(s), and more!

Current Problems:

– Cluttered inboxes overflowing with events of varying relevance.

– Tedious manual sorting to find events that work for you.

– Struggling to find more information on an event.

– Difficulty promoting athletic and informal events.

– Hard to gauge guest size and potentially needed accommodations

Our app is the solution.

How?

Users sign in with their school email (to ensure only community participation as well as establish accountability) to access features, with two main goals.

Primary Functions:

Submitting and promoting events

– invite targeted groups of students (e.g. students in a hall, members of a club)

– view RSVPs

– answer questions from prospective guests

– share a customizable link to their event page

Viewing a feed of upcoming events

– filter by interest, dietary restriction, etc.

– RSVP or express disinterest (swipe left or right)

– contact the hosts with any questions

User Involvement:

Reporting spam

– any account that posts over three events flagged as spam will be manually reviewed

– any account that falsely flags over three events as spam will be suspended from reporting

Suggesting features/providing feedback

– as a tool made by students for each other, this is constantly improving to suit adapting needs

Joining the development/administrative team

– apply to maintain the front-end or back-end, review spam reports, and/or increase accessibility

Troubleshooting

– We were able to brainstorm multiple ideas at the beginning of the hackathon, but struggled to identify one as the best. However, we then tried viewing our ideas through lenses considering the time limitation, our abilities, etc. and were able to unanimously eliminate choices until only this idea remained.

– As a team composed entirely of first-time hackers, we were intimidated by all the experience and knowledge members of other teams seemed to have. While some of us had dabbled in CS before, we came in as relative newbies and decided to make ourselves as open as possible with all the possibilities and technologies represented at the hackathon. We fully engaged ourselves in a variety of workshops, even though they weren't necessarily related to what we wanted to achieve, and were able to apply what we learned to our project as well as establish mentor connections.

– Several of us learned how to deal with brand new resources through a combination of Internet research and help from our mentors. Despite our limited skill sets as individuals, we came together as a team who could cover quite a bit of ground collaboratively by helping each other troubleshoot, offering moral support, and giving feedback and suggestions on each other's work.

Looking to the future!

We hope to continue working on this project past the hackathon, since we believe it truly fills a gaping need in student life. Other hackers have also expressed interest in the idea and we'd like to start increasing user involvement early as we believe that collaboration is the key to unlocking this project's full potential through tapping into the many talents and abilities of students to ensure excellence, adaptability, and accessibility in the product.

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