36 hours (and lots of coffee later), I’m super excited to announce what our team built at the inaugural Georgetown University Hackathon. Meet Gathr, an interest-based database and API that delivers students a collection of events, meetups, speaker series, lectures and more. Within the student information system, MyAccess, Gathr is exposed as a selection of interests a student can opt-in to. With the API, we showcased an email newsletter and iOS app which aggregated personalized events for a student.
Students can see content in the form of relevant interests surfaced by (1) category, i.e. “Entrepreneurship” or “Music” (2) day of week and (3) proximity/location. We also found, after speaking with current students, that seeing content happing right now, would be extremely beneficial - hence a view in the iPhone app for “NOW”. The other neat part about the app is that it’s a universal iOS build, so we could ship an iPad version as well to experience in the dorm room.
This was my first hackathon as a participant and let me tell you, it was stressful as our group killed the first idea - which had a problem statement, potential solution and even mocks - about halfway through the weekend. We had to refresh our thoughts, walk around campus and figure out a problem we’d be passionate about solving. This was our outcome and in fact, it seemed the judges also enjoyed it too.
We won 2nd place out a pool of 18 teams!