Social network for extreme sport

Web development & App development, Backend & Frontend

The startup Ridebrain approached Rhyme with the idea of building an online network for skiers and snowboarders. The guys wanted to create a community for enthusiasts where they could connect with each other and let professionals post content to their followers. The global community of pros and their fans is quite tight-knit, and there is a major demand for content, be it videos, tips, tricks and favorite spots from the well-known riders. Ridebrain wanted to tap into that atmosphere and create a place that would supply that demand. An initial brainstorming session led to a concept for a kind of social network available both on the web and as an app that could be expanded upon piece by piece.
Ridebrain and Rhyme agreed to a partnership where Rhyme was assigned to build the complete product. The project thus included design and UX, as well as front- and backend development. Moreover, Rhyme provided support to the product owners and advised the entrepreneurs with regards to the concept and brainstorming of product design. It was decided to build a platform that would work both on web, iOS and Android, that could be expanded in a modular fashion. The main challenge faced by the project was to reconcile restraints in terms of resources with the need to create a solution which could compete in “look & feel” and functionality with much larger services social networks that consumers are used to.
This solution for Ridebrain is a three different applications that cover all of the bases needed for a complete user experience. What that entails spread across the following infrastructure.
  • The app
    • React-native
    • Build and continuous delivery pipeline with AppCenter
  • The web
    • Nginx, React, Gatsby, Graphcms, GraphQL
    • Static assets uploaded and hosted on AWS S3
    • Build and continuous delivery pipeline on Bitbucket
  • The backend
    • An Node.js/ Express backend & API. MongoDB
    • Elasticbeanstalk hosted and deployed on AWS
These different applications are covering all of the user facing surfaces. The design is tight and follows the same principles and schema for all of them. This gives the users a feeling of identity for the Ridebrain brand as well as recognition in the elements used so that navigation and usage becomes effortless. The grahpcms tool is used as a content resource for the mobile app and web app to consume while being manipulated and transformed by the backend as well as giving an ease of input for non technical personnel.
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