The key with hybrid cross-platform apps is to keep it simple. Depending too much on other people’s code might in the end cost you more time than you saved.
Intel xdk is nice user friendly interface to test and build your apps, but it comes with it’s own share of problems. The biggest one is that they are lagging behind with Cordova Crosswalk, which causes delays and problems for certain plugins that relies on the webview.
But I’m interested in a follow up, how did your project pan out? Have you stuck with xdk and the framework?