Inspiration

People don't notice all of the life around their feet as they walk through campus. Astermap increases plant literacy by connecting an Android map to a plant database.

What it does

The user can interact with a mobile map that incorporates an OU-specific botanical database. Several tabs, including a functional login feature, allow for future modifications including a game and a genus-search setting.

How I built it

We used Android Studio to build the app. In addition, we used C# to build an ASP.net API web application, hosted on Microsoft Azure and interfaced with an external Code First database, which also runs on Azure.

Challenges I ran into

Every member of our team was new to Android app development, so there was a steep learning curve. We had some difficulties accounting for the differences between the OSes available on Android Studio, and those running on our hardware.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We are proud of our slick menus, working APIs and functional map.

What I learned

We learned a lot about building apps for Android. We improved our git skillset and thoroughly benefited from conversations with hackathon mentors.

What's next for AsterMap

We can use the infrastructure included to expand our data-populated map into a location-based game. This will bring the enjoyment of plant identification to a wider audience at OU!

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