This project started as an assignment for CS 407-'Foundations of Mobile Systems and Applications'. Campus Exchange is a cross-platform app that acts as a mobile marketplace for UW-Madison students to facilitate the buying and selling of Housing, Textbooks and Tickets.
UW-Madison students have 3 types of goods they try to exchange: Housing, Textbooks and athletic/concert Tickets. Before Campus Exchange the only way to do this was through three separate Facebook pages. This fragmented market led to many problems, including spam notifications, checking multiple pages, a difficult messaging process and lack of search functionality.
I was extremely motivated to solve this problem since it was one that I had to deal with on almost a weekly basis. My friend Christian Kaczmarczyk had approached me and a few guys the year before to work on an app called 'FlipTix' that could facilitate exchanges of tickets. We pounded out a demo for the Startup Warzone Hackathon. However, I felt it was a little feature-heavy and that it could be expanded to allow exchanging of other types of items.
We opted for a simple and straight forward mobile app that would allow students to facilitate the exchange of these 3 types of items in one place. Each type of item had it's own page where users could scroll through posts. The biggest improvements were: allowing for direct messaging through Facebook & SMS and adding text search along with price filters.
- Downloads: 60
- App store(s) views: 2,293
- Google Ads impressions: 791
- Revenue from ads: $7.47
- Project Grade: A :)
Ben Webster: An extremely talented software developer originally from Southern California, Ben took on the lion's share of the coding for this project. I pushed for using the Ionic Framework and Ben hopped on board and learned from scratch. Having completed his CS degree Ben now does software contracting out in California.