Entrepreneurs and snow sports enthusiasts wanted an application in native Android and iOS versions that would allow users to orient themselves on a slope, see localized weather and track and share as much of their experience and achievements as possible. Sophisticated geolocation was a given, but we wanted to bump it up a notch and create a parallel social network just for users. Since the application would be used on ski slopes with spotty connectivity, the app would need to cache data natively for upload when a connection becomes available. When they came to us, the system was already in production, but many of its features were broken and it needed a near-complete overhaul.
We set out on a cat herding expedition to wrangle in the smaller dev teams who had worked on Snocru historically and to fill in skills that were clearly missing; especially Android development. Keeping up the pressure on all fronts and utilizing an Agile project management methodology enabled us to make massive strides in rebuilding the system.
Despite the requirement of functioning in low connectivity, we managed to include the ability for users to locate each other on the slopes as well as statistical tracking features such as top speed, distance, altitude, vertical gain/descent, number of runs, and current slope angle.
In early 2016, our Snocru Android application was featured in the Google Play store. We excitedly continue to develop new features into the platform and watch its user base grow exponentially.