Ever have a hard time trying to find the perfect time and place to gather with a group of 5 or more to have dinner together? Or, have you ever want to meet someone on the campus and talk to them over lunch to explore your common hobbies, and possibly make a new friend?
Meals@THU is a project designed for everyone with a Tsinghua University email account. Inspired by “lunch ninja” in Google, it aims at:
- simplify the process of finding proper time and place for a group of people to enjoy a meal together;
- searching for possible new friends who want to have a meal at a chosen time and place.
Developed by two, it was initially a course project for Service-Oriented Software Design and Development, now funded and under further development.
As a Wechat(an instant messaging tool) mini-program, it provides easy-to-use interfaces for users to verify their accounts, share the group appointment with friends and use the voting system to determine the time and place for the meal. Users can also choose to share their real-time location to help each other keep track of them, help them find the right place, etc.
The highlight of Meals@THU is the meal mate matching system, which allows users to fill out a 5-point scale questionnaire to evaluate their big five personalities, choose desired time and places to meet, and then wait for the system to find the ideal meal mate and push the notification through Wechat.