We decided to call our app Time Well Spent. The aim was to sync the app to the user’s Google Calendar so that it could identify potential free time in the schedule. Then, the user would walk through the application to select areas of interest. Then, the user would receive event suggestions based on their free time input and interests, and could add events directly to the calendar through the application.
We opted to design mobile first. As a first step, we needed to give the user a quick, easy way to set preferences. The first step was the sync with Google Calendar; the actual procedural needs were a little murky here, since we were all coding beginners, but given prior experience with syncing Google applications, we assumed this step could be nearly as simple as submitting your Gmail address. Then, we needed to tell the application when the user was free; the calendar may show no activities planned for 3AM on a Wednesday, but the user almost certainly wouldn’t want to be getting unsolicited event invitations at that time. To accommodate this need, we added in flexible days and times so that the user could estimate when he or she would like to be available for local events.