The semester is finally over and finals are on the way. We’ve looked forward to this day since the semester began in January, and now that it’s finally here we’re a little sad. We’ve worked so hard to get this far, and we’ve made so much progress that it’s bittersweet that we’re actually done now.
This semester has been chock-full of challenges, but it’s great experience and we’ve had a lot of fun. We worked tirelessly all semester to get choreBoard up and running just to be able to get a chance at debuting our hard work at Demo Day, and that we did. Demo day was initially pretty intimidating. None of had much or any iOS experience to begin with, so we were faced with the biggest challenge of learning how to build choreBoard. We spent hours looking up tutorials and Swift guides in order to learn how to make choreBoard become a reality. Luckily, that all paid off in the end. We were beyond ecstatic.
Demo day was a blast! All of the teams: (iSleepLate, ProfsUT, Echoed, Petwork, UniTrade, and choreBoard) met up at Belo around noon to get ready for our presentations. Some groups brought stickers and flyers, but choreBoard went a different path.
At first we had a little trouble figuring out how to promote our app, but after some time, we had a solid plan in place. We thought long and hard about what we could bring with us and eventually decided to get a little creative and take on a DIY project, a photo booth. But ain’t nobody got time or money to build a booth, so we had to alter our plan a bit. We still wanted to have something people could take pictures with, so we scaled down and compromised.
We wanted to do something fun with our ever-growing list of snarky remarks, so we took to social media a few nights prior to D-Day with ten of our favorite remarks and asked our followers to pick their top five. Once we had those chosen, we printed them out on thought bubble outlines and glued them onto sticks. Wala, we just created the perfect photo-op.
We’d found a way to let people take pictures AND got that DIY-fix we’d been looking for. But we weren’t done yet. We needed interaction, and that’s when we decided to bring a whiteboard so people stopping by our booth could tell us what their least favorite chore was. We made a nifty sign too.
Everything went as planned and our presentation went off without a hitch. We were pretty nervous at first since we were third in line to present, but once we were actually on stage everything just fell into place.
We had a great time, met a lot of people, ate some cookies and got some great reviews about choreBoard. We even got to meet Snapchat’s Head of Discovery, Nick Bell and the Statesman’s editor, Debbie Hiott! Lucky, right?!
Though the semester is now officially over, choreBoard 1.0 is on the way! We’re still waiting on Apple for our debut in the app store, but we’re confident and excited for the moment we (hopefully) get our acceptance letter. We’ve got a lot of things planned for choreBoard’s future, so we hope you guys stick with us and look forward to the future updates.
Have a great summer!