As young adults who are new to a large metropolitan area, we are constantly hearing people tell us to avoid the sketchy areas of the city. Quite frankly, we don't always know where those areas are. This is what inspired AwareWolf. We wanted to create an app that will let both locals and tourists determine whether surrounding areas are dangerous.
What it does
AwareWolf is a web application that crowdsources user-inputted crime reports to alert users of dangers within the surrounding areas. When users notice a crime, they can input information about the crime and where it occurred. The report will populate a heat map. The points will get brighter as more users report the same crime. Crimes that can be reported include robberies, shootings, harassment incidents, and drug usage. Users can then use the map to potentially reroute themselves to avoid those dangerous areas.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
All of us have times when we are wary of our surroundings and aren't sure if we are safe. We are proud to have a finished product that can eliminate this feeling and potentially keep millions of people out of danger. Our team also realized that 36 hours really isn't that long. Debugging took up the majority of our time. We also challenged ourselves to create new functionality based on already-existing source code for the Google Maps API.
What we learned
What's next for AwareWolf
The next step would be to create a mobile app. We hope to further incorporate the Google Maps API so that users can create routes that will avoid the dangerous areas and then utilize those routes to avoid the dangerous areas.