Hello! Wellbean is my submission for the April 2020 Twilio x DEV hackathon. It's an app that generates automatic Whatsapp reminders for users to stay in touch with loved ones.
During this period of self-isolation, I realized it's a great opportunity to stay in touch more frequently with friends and loved ones. I thought it would be a great idea to create an app that allowed me to input certain individuals and receive automated reminders for when to contact them, based on my own preferences.
I found that just a simple message reminder would help so much in keeping in touch with friends and family.
Automated Whatsapp reminders based on frequency user chooses and submits via UI
Just a note: Since this app is run locally, it's not set up to run on full/explicit time parameters.
In other words, if a user wants to be reminded 'Daily' to call one of their contacts, the app will send a message about once every 20 seconds (simulating a daily reminder) while the app is running locally.
Below is the timetable for when users would receive Twilio messages via Whatsapp based on their contact frequency settings:
|Actual time elapsed between message sends
|one message every 20 seconds
|Twice a Week
|one message every 40 seconds
|one message every 60 seconds
|Every Two Weeks
|one message every 80 seconds
|one message every 100 seconds
COVID-19 Communications - for helping users keep in touch with loved ones during this time of self-isolation.
You can find the GitHub repo and detailed instructions for local set up right over here >>
It's really hard to believe how much I've learned over the past two weeks. I guess it just goes to show that if you really put your head down and get after a big goal - win or lose - you can only improve from where you were when you started!
Well, things changed rapidly in the last few days, and after coming up against so many headache-inducing roadblocks, I swerved and changed course to only run the app locally through a Nodejs server! A big, tumultuous whirlwind, to say the very least.
In any case, I still intend to build out a different version of the app that actually can take advantage of the Firebase functionality. Just give me a couple weeks' rest for my head to clear first....!
If you want to see more about my process, I'm proud to share that I documented my journey throughout this hackathon!
Feel free to check out the blog posts below for more behind-the-scenes of the creation and development of Wellbean >>
- Do Well What You Know Well - April 15
- Consistent Progress - April 16
- Getting Familiar with Firebase - April 17
- Go Time! - April 18
- Programming and the Bigger Picture - April 21
- Level Unlocked! - April 22
- Think Deeply and Forget It - April 23
- Not Finished Yet, but Here's the Idea - April 27
- A Great Epiphany - April 28
- Roadblocks and a Big Mindset Shift - April 28