It turns out my whole team didn't RSVP either but they were going anyway. We got the okay from Yale to go despite this. So at the crack of dawn I woke up groggy as ever to get ready to carpool to Yale. We had a team of about 10 to begin with which got cut down to 4 including myself when it was time to leave UConn. By the time we got there we gained another team member which was one of my friends who traveled separately on the bus to get to Yale. With our team formed, we waited for keynote presentation and pitches.
I swear we were in the lecture hall for over 2 hours just listening to people talk. The keynote presentations were interesting but the pain points were -- ahem -- a pain. This is where people introduced problems which they were interested in solving through hacking. There were almost 60 of these and almost another 60 pitches to follow up so it was difficult to remember many of the ideas. Our team had already gone in with an idea of developing an app to help stroke patients but still we listened in case a better idea came along. After talking and listening to many people we teamed up with Infinity Home Care to develop an app to help recently discharged patients with COPD.
After eating a much anticipated lunch of gourmet sandwiches we secured a breakout room and got to planning. I proposed to develop an iOS app since I have experience doing so from a past internship where that's what I did -- all day, every day (yes, even on weekends). Excitedly, I jumped up and started drawing the storyboard for the app on the whiteboard while listening to advice and input from my teammates.
Brainstorming for the app
After meeting with Infinity and relocating, we presented the general idea and layout of the app and listened to their feedback and integrated their ideas into the app. After many hours of discussion, we determined what could be done in the amount of time we had remaining. Unfortunately, I predicted there was no way to get the app fully functional in time since I was the only developer on the team with iOS experience and we only had 2 CSE students including me. Nevertheless, I said we could at least get a mockup completed in time, which we did.
Too much sugar or not enough sleep? Why not both?
After returning the next day, we planned out the final pitch and created the powerpoint presentation with screenshots of the app. Although the app wasn't functional, it didn't matter as we only had 3 minutes to pitch, which wouldn't have been enough time to introduce the problem, solution, AND demo the app. In fact, none of the groups ended up demoing their app due to the time constraint.