Snack Rice

Table of Contents

  1. About
  2. Feature List
  3. 15 Simple Steps
  4. Future Todos
  5. Techstack
  6. Hosting

Quick Info:

Built in under 36 hours, Snack Rice is your go-to place for Rice University’s serveries (cafeterias for non-Ricers). Snack Rice combines a Yelp-like website for rating food with a notification system for getting custom recommendations based on distance, quality, and dietary restrictions. With the ability to review all servery food, filter food based on dietary restrictions, and set up custom SMS messages to alert you of your favorite foods, Snack Rice will help you to get the most out of your meal plan.

Feature List:

- Automated tasks to scrape meal information from dining.rice.edu
- Customized meal text notifications using the Twilio API and a Node.js server
	- Dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and more)
	- Proximity from serveries (Google Maps API)
	- Reviews of dishes
	- Notification timing
- Review every dish with star rating and review text
- View weekly future meals
- Option for crowdsourcing data and images if Rice website is incorrect
- Infinite scroll leaderboard of users with the most reviews
- Infinite scroll leaderboard of dishes with the best reviews
- Persistent light/dark themes based off user choice and browser settings

15 Simple Steps to Communicate Between Text, Django, Flask, and Google Maps:

1. User sets up account with Snack Rice
2. User puts in phone number, preferences about walking and food quality, dietary restrictions, and notification timing
3. Django timed task calls notification loop
4. Django calls Google Maps API to determine distances between serveries and default locations
5. Django determines the best choice based on distances, reviews, and restrictions
6. Django sends the best servery choice and menu
7. If user is not in default location, user responds to text
8. Flask server reads text
9. Flask server sends request to Google Maps API
10. Flask texts user detailed location choices based on their input
11. User responds to text with one of the location choices
12. Flask sends text to django with user info and location choice
13. Django calls Google Maps API to get distances
14. Django determines the best choice based on distances, reviews, and restrictions
15. Django sends text with Twilio to user

Future Todos:

- Add food poisoning alert
- Adding information for calories for each meal
- Suggests what food you should try out in your next adventure - machine learning ?
- Reviews with markdown and likes
- See where your friends/followers are eating


- Django (python)
- Django templates (html/css/js/python)
- SQLite
- Flask (python)
- ngrok (Flask on the internet)
- Twilio (sms)
- Google Cloud (Google Maps API)
- Domain.com (domain registration and management)
- Cloudflare (security and performance)

Instructions on how to host locally

First, clone the repository.

$ git clone [email protected]/AidanG1/snackRice.git
$ cd snackRice

Then set up your virtual environment and install the requirements.

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Next apply database migrations

$ python manage.py migrate

Finally, run the website on localhost. Visit localhost:8000 in your browser!

$ python manage.py runserver

To receive notification messages, create environment variables account_sid, auth_token, and msg_service_sid with your Twilio credentials and GOOGLE_KEY with your Google Maps API key. Then open up the flask server.

$ python notification.py

After that, use ngrok to open port 5050 to the internet.

$ ngrok.exe http 5050

Copy the url from ngrok into the Twilio GUI and you are now set up to receive notifications!

Created by Aidan Gerber, Ian Rundle, Karl Hernandez, and Phoebe Scaccia