Really what inspired this idea for me was the constant media attention of how business were loosing customers and how people were complaining about stores not having resources. But some issues were places did have the resources, it’s just people never went to them. Also, I saw how people kept going from store to store, looking for items, which would cause the spread of Covid-19 to increase. There had to be something that could bolster a sense of community and give people the information they needed. But there was nothing out there, so we decided to make it.
What it does
Project Ceriba is a platform for connecting consumers and businesses seamlessly. Businesses can signup with their business emails and post the types of products they have available. And consumers can sign up to get a customized feed based on their location. Every 24 hours all data is cleared to make way for timely and contextual information.
How we built it
First, we began by creating a mockup and figuring out what it’s gonna take to accomplish what we set out to do. Next, we delegated responsibilities by giving ourselves a section to work on. Finally, we came back together to create continuity between the pages.
Challenges we ran into
When developing Project Ceriba, one of the many challenges we had to overcome was handling the data. We originally wanted to make it where the user had to create an account, but we found that was a difficult task that would be hard in a small time frame. So we opted to a system that wouldn’t require an account and allow the user to delete only their business post. Another example of the challenges we had to overcome was the search functionality. We had to account for many cities, states, and types of products but those challenges ultimately led to a dynamic and consumer-driven search.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Throughout the development of Project Ceriba we came across many challenges and setbacks along the way but we powered through and came out with a few accomplishments. Some of which include successfully creating a dynamic search, taking business submissions and displaying them in a convenient way for users based on location, and keeping all data stored locally on the device of the user, no cookies and no personally identifiable information sent back to us.
What we learned
From this project, we learned how to collaborate together on a team and help each other improve our assigned sections. We grew more comfortable with managing a database and morphing data pulled from it into a physical representation. This project also has improved our knowledge of coding and has improved our research skills.
What's next for Project Ceriba
Our future plans for Ceriba is to upgrade our currently limited database to a larger scale to accommodate the U.S population. We also plan on adding the DistanceMatrix API to calculate how far a store is from the user so we help the user find the nearest store with their desired necessity. Another feature we plan on adding is push notifications, to alert any important developments on Covid-19 and to alert business users that their post has expired. Finally, we plan on adding a section people can go to that has reliable information on Covid-19.
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