Since we were kids, computers have always interested us. After entering high school, our parents encouraged us to pursue our dream of becoming developers. However, our interest in becoming software engineers really started when we met our amazing computer science teacher, Mr. Levin. He interested us in many ways and started the burning passion inside us; the burning passion of computer science. Through his many different ways of explaining the beauty of programming, such as the complex nature of characters. When we heard about the hackathon, we jumped at the opportunity to test the skills that we acquired. Over time, our bus tracking idea emerged as the dominant idea of our project. That has led us to here and now.

What does it do

Our application is a simple, but elegant and efficient product that tracks the bus passing different stops. The driver presses each checkbox once the bus passes that stop. That message is then relayed to the student. The student knows when to go to the bus stop when the bus has just passed the previous stop. This would allow the student to know that he/she would come to the bus on time, yet also not have to wait for a very long time for it.

How we built it

We built it by downloading Apache, ms4w, and using a Google Maps API to host our program. We built our program using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.

Challenges we ran into

We had to surmount many obstacles to reach our final application. For one, we had to simulate the bus movement on a large scale without the use of external hardware. We did this by creating a separate checklist that when clicked, would "move" the bus from one location to another.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of creating an incredible program (for our skill-level) done only through the use of various tutorials and the guidance of the leadership students.

What we learned

We learned basic HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP during the 24-hour timespan we were given. We also learned that one doesn't need expert coding skills in order to create something that can make a change.

What's next for BusUp

In the future, we hope to implicate hardware (like GPS trackers) into our program, expanding upon the outlooks and efficiency of our program.

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