IRC is cool, and loads of cool people live on IRC! However, sometime the technical barrier can be somewhat daunting, often off-putting people. We decided to create a hack that aims to bridge the gap between normal people and the very much abnormal subset of people that use IRC!
What it does
You can send messages to IRC channels via SMS. You can even change your nick and switch server + chan!
How we built it
Node js backend that forms a link between the world of IRC and the MessageBird API. Also uses MongoDB somewhere in there for persistence.
Challenges we ran into
IRC is really awkward about... Pretty much everything. Also sending SMS is expensive, and £5 free credit barely cuts it!!
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We built a hack that uses IRC and lived to tell the tale!
What we learned
Freenode is very picky about nick conventions.
What's next for Zircon
Pretty much. But really, who knows. We'll complete the feature set and maybe add a plugins system.