Cheffam is a platform that bridges the gap between household chefs of all levels with customers wanting a meal. This bridge not only allows for a freelancing platform amongst chefs, but is heavily community driven as well. It provides an experience previously only attainable through family and friends. Cheffam's proximity based matching allows for customers to put a face to a name while making friends and connections along the way.
As college students and foodies by heart, we constantly feel the void of home-cooked meals. Cheffam is made to fill this void while adding an aspect of socialization into the mix. This socialization is meant to bring people together and enjoy good food in groups.
Cheffam gives its users access to a wide selection of local chefs willing to create food for money. It matches users with nearby chefs and gives them a variety of home-cooked options.
Our group of 4 split into two teams, front-end and back-end. We first prototyped the entire project on Figma, an interface design tool. This allowed us to spend less time designing the app on the fly. Front-end worked on everything from visuals to interactivity, while back-end developed the database schemas, integration, and implementation.
Our biggest challenge was getting boilerplate out of the way since the new technologies that we used didn't play well with our existing ones. Among other things, pacing ourselves stood out as a key challenge during this Hackathon.
As a group, we managed to pair program quite well in teams of 2. We had coding sprints and after each sprint, we would review our changes and/or additions. This allowed for useful feedback from both teams, as well as the creation of ideas.
GraphQL with Apollo was a new experience for us all and React for some. It was also our first time using Figma to prototype our app idea ahead of time.
Cheffam is a platform with great potential. Hence, our team plans to continue development outside of the scope of this Hackathon for we would love to see a platform like this to be a reality! We will look into VC funding and things of that sort post Hackathon.
For this project, we went with the RAMEN (React, Apollo with GraphQL, MongoDB, Express, Node) stack. Once we were ready to submit our app, we setup a server on Surge.sh. On a side note, we used Figma for templating and Slack for communication.
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