Free Food Columbia

This was a group project done at hackNY in spring, to aggregate a list of events serving free food at Columbia.

It scrapes the events from facebook, bwog(a campus blog that often knows about these things), and events can be sent in using email.

I worked on the backend and on Parsing bwog which was pretty challenging, because the events listed there are in blog posts that don’t have any specific format. The location, time and date of the event could be anywhere in the content or in the title, and they could alos be missing or in a different form. For example: today, tomorrow, this evening, short forms/nicknames of locations etc.