Group Dinners & Events App
For HackMIT, some friends and I set out to create an app to assist in arranging group dinners and hangouts. Often, in organizing these group activities, no one is ever on time.
Friends’ ETA’s are helpful
Dozens of text messages questioning “Where are you?,” “What’s your ETA?,” “Should I get a table?,” or “When will you be here?” are parried back and forth.
People can’t always find eachother
Furthermore, friends would often call and ask again for the location of where we were meeting.
After quickly prototyping the above app, we re-thought through the UX and figured:
1. Nobody would download an app JUST to do this (“Find My Friends” already exists).
2. The only person who really had a pain point was the event planner (or the first person to the meeting location).
3. People who are late aren’t going to download an app or do much of anything as they are likely rushing.
So we built it to be browser-based:
A simple web app
We found this to be a much smoother process. You use the app when you want to, and it is not necessary to download anything.
The responding user only need to tap a text link to share their location
We used Twilio to do all the location sharing via texts, so the responding user simply receives a text link saying, “Josh wants to know your ETA! Share it with Josh?”