The Project

AllerG is an accessible and crowdsourced database of menu allergens for people with food allergies. It aims to reduce the chances that people have allergic reactions at restaurants by providing them with an easy-to-use reference. It is currently unfinished: the backend is only a quarter complete.


Team Comments

I chose to make this project because...

I have a lethal food allergy to pecans, and although it's been years since I've been to the emergency room, I've had to perilously navigate menus and choose my meals carefully to do so. Since I've seen many of my friends do the same, I hope that I can help someone keep track of what's safe.

What I found difficult and how I worked it out

The database structure was easily the hardest part of the project to work out. Initially, I was using GORM, an ORM library for Go, but it had some rigid relation structures that I couldn't reasonably use for my project, so I switched to an unorthodox graph scheme to join my data.

Next time, I would...

I would reduce the minimum feature set of the backend so it can be completed quicker, and I'd learn how to develop in React faster. That way, it'd be completed in a reasonable time period.

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Judge Feedback

Really useful. The whole project was very well thought out and you obviously worked hard on it. You really considered what was exciting and why we need AllerG alongside existing tech. Well Done!

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Team members

  • Noah