VETERAN BUSINESS BOOK
2nd Place 2019 Veteran's Codeathon
Stars Challenge: San Antonio has a wide variety of local veteran-owned companies and businesses, and we hope to create a one-stop-shop that raises awareness of these companies and increases involvement from the greater San Antonio area.
Create a solution to help drive awareness of local veteran-owned organizations/businesses.
- Identify the Audience
This application would serve two main audiences, the veteran business owning community and individuals who wanted to support veteran owned businesses.
We researched veteran owned businesses in the local San Antonio Area. We also searched for current applications that served as a one-stop shop. We found only one resource that offered a similar service.
- Wireframe/Feature List
Since we only less than 72 hours, we had to move quick. We quickly scoped out features, settled on a design and color scheme.
- CODE. CODE. CODE.
Over a single weekend, my colleague and I created the Veteran Business Book
(VBB) to raise awareness of Veteran Owned Businesses. Due to time constraints of a codeathon, we
mocked a database and CRUD functionality using NodeJS and the JSON Server dependency. We also
integrated the Twilio API, where users could send business information via SMS. Below you can
see the main directory page, where users could filter through businesses with custom search
terms, such as business name or military affiliation. The second image below is the view of an
individual business page, complete with a dynamically rendered google map, a focus on the
owner/military branch, and their company information.
It was a great weekend and we placed 2nd overall! It was also a special weekend, as we got to witness some of our students participate and place in their first codeathon!