React Native, Apollo graphQL, AWS AmplifyJS
Our client, Buildforce, creates digital products for the construction industry. The idea behind the startup was to connect construction workers and contractors through a software solution and thus simplify and secure their interaction.
The client had a successful experience working with us and was, therefore, happy to accept professional help from NIX, knowing that we had the necessary expertise to expand their in-house capabilities.
We needed to create an application for iOS and Android that would streamline the job searching process for construction workers—electricians at first, since the client decided to start with just one specialization and reach others after receiving a positive response from the chosen audience.
Buildforce planned to make the service free for workers while providing construction companies with paid access to the verified database of trusted and competent electricians.
Striving to deliver a relevant mobile application, the client actively researched the market and analyzed the target audience’s needs, adjusting the initial plan based on the data collected. This required our team to be flexible and quickly respond to any changes by promptly amending the development roadmap.
We gathered a team to work side-by-side with the client’s tech specialists. And although we focused primarily on front-end tasks, our experts delved into all the project details, including the backend part, at each product implementation stage. This way, NIX remained on the same page with the client throughout the entire development cycle.
Since technical and business requirements allowed for cross-platform development, we chose to create a React Native-based app, thereby additionally accelerating product delivery. To streamline the CI/CD process, we used the Bitrise tool, which is a perfect match for React Native apps due to such features as automatic project type detection, effortless dependency handling, a ready-made environment for cross-platform projects, etc.
We also paid special attention to creating a user-friendly application design, aiming to make the interface simple and convenient for all users.
Buildforce aims to become an effective digital intermediary between workers and contractors and provide a solution that matches electrician jobs based on specific criteria—skillset, professional experience, location, etc. To this end, the app offers the following functionalities:
The application collects job positions from leading construction subcontractors and self-performing general contractors on a joint board. US construction companies send their requests for necessary experts to Buildforce managers who post these vacancies after moderation. Job postings include vital information such as pay range, start date and time, project location, etc.
Buildforce takes its task seriously and checks every new user (worker). This includes an introductory call with Talent Operations, during which their team verifies the electrician’s qualifications.
App users get notifications about vacancies that fit them most according to the indicated parameters, including location, required qualifications, experience, and more.
Electricians can use their profile as a resume (CV) and fill it out with information about their qualifications, work experience, skills, and education, as well as add certificates and licenses, if any.
Users have access to their paycheck information, including earned balance and earnings history. They can also maintain their payment data, such as direct deposit accounts and social security numbers, in one spot, making it easier to communicate with an employer.
The app has an offline mode, implemented through GraphQL technology, which ensures data synchronization when the network appears.
The project databases are deployed on AWS servers, making the application more flexible in management and easily scalable.
By joining forces with the client’s team and combining our efforts, we created an efficient cross-platform app with an intuitive user interface. It’s already up and running, enabling US electricians to quickly and conveniently find new job positions.
The application is currently only available in Texas, but the client plans to scale the project and cover other US states in the future, as well.
7 experts (3 React Native developers, 2 QA experts, UI/UX designer, Project Manager)
NIX are great communicators for native English speakers, they work well with our timezone, they are highly organized, and most importantly, they build beautiful software. Our team cast a wide net and was highly selective when we decided to search for a software development partner, and NIX has exceeded our expectations since we chose to work with them. If you are looking for a team that performs world-class development well below the average U.S. cost, NIX is a perfect partner.
Co-Founder, CEO at Buildforce
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