At YYC Hacks 2022, Calgary’s “Biggest Hackathon”, YYSecrets took home the third-place win. Mitchell Miller, Nurgul Akhshatayeva, Ziqian Quo, Binh Kieu, Kushan Wickramarachchi, Tim Lipp, and Taylor Morgan, are the founders and developers of YYSecrets_, _a valuable product aiming to revitalize the Calgary downtown lifestyle by promoting businesses and events.
When searching online and in tourist guides, specific attractions always get pointed out, rather than small, indie businesses and events that may not be immediately obvious. People may be more inclined to visit Calgary again if there are constantly different things to see and do. YYSecrets hopes to unearth hidden gems for Calgarians and tourists alike to discover. The app makes it simple to learn about all sorts of businesses and events – no sign-up required. Just enter the category, the amount of time and money you’re willing to spend, and get a deck of cards with all the matching businesses and events. By clicking “interested” or “not interested”, you go through the deck one at a time, creating a list of locations that pique your interest to view at the end. In its current state, the app supports the category, time, money, title, and description of each business and event, but the API can be updated to support an image, a link to the location on Google Maps, and more. This tool could help many more people take advantage of all that Calgary has to offer.
Without YYC Hacks 2022, this project may have never come to life. “This was my first hackathon, and I really enjoyed the idea of being given a problem and having to solve it with a team you haven’t really worked with much before, and possibly with technologies you haven’t worked with before. It’s a great place to just try everything, see what sticks, and then take the experience from the hackathon and apply it elsewhere,” Mitchell writes.