Eligible for Student Senate's Social Impact Prize ("Best hack that improves CMU student life"); Best use of Microsoft Azure, Manifold.js; Google's Social Impact Prize ("Most likely to make tangible and lasting change"); APT's Social Impact Prize ("Best use of data to achieve a positive impact on the community");
The unavailability of wait times for our favorite eateries has caused stressful moments for many busy students, leading them to a dilemma of whether to wait in line for their favorite food or to try another eatery. This situation lead to the decrease of productivity of the CMU community as a whole. Given this app challenge sponsored by the student senate, we gathered and started hacking away.
What it does
Chai lets users see approximated wait times at campus eateries by measuring the number of users (who enable location services) in a geofence (a fence surrounding an area) encompassing the eatery. It also allows users to meet up to eat with friends by allowing them to share their location (when in a geofence). This tells the user which friends are eating and where.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We successfully implemented the main function that detects if someone is in a particular area. Also, the database and the website are fairly smoothly connected.
What we learned
What's next for Chai
Some other features that we have in mind are: Payment of Food Via Chai, Social Network Service, Machine Learning Techniques to estimate the wait time/number of actual people