The pop-up screen example for a garbage can
Image showing the map view of our application. As you can see there are 2 trash cans displaying where you can throw stuff away :)
Image showing the compass direction view of our application. The arrow will always point towards the garbage bin, nomatter what.
Garbage can way-point example
Backend api working in action
As a team, we noticed that although many new map technologies have come out, there is still vital information missing from these applications that are useful to society. The first thing that came to our mind was garbage cans. All litter is created in one way: improper use of disposal. Most of the time, there is always a trash can near you. With this idea in mind, our goal was to create an easy way to locate the nearest trash can to prevent someone from littering.
What it does
Earthlings is an android-based application that will show you the location of all garbage cans. When launching the app, you will be greeted by a map displaying every garbage bin on it. Upon clicking on a garbage can, you can click on the "Show Compass Directions" button in order to display an arrow in the direction of the garbage bin. If a user finds a garbage can not already in the app, they can easily add it by simply clicking the + button in the bottom right, taking of photo of it, and waiting for it to appear at their location.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
For the backend, we ran into some generics problems with our DAOs. At first, we attempted to make a generified version of our SQL dao; however, it wasn't possible because of the limitations of Java generics & Sql2o. In addition, it required a
Class<T> to execute some methods, which generally is not possible to obtain with just the generified class. We had some trouble getting the arrow to point in the direction of the trash can for the front end. This was definitely a challenge, and in the end, it wasn't perfect, but we still managed to get it working.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
One of our most significant accomplishments in this Hackathon is the compass feature in our app. It was the most challenging process of the Hackathon, and it took a lot of work to get it right. However, this is also one of the critical parts of the app, and so this is also why we spent a lot of time on it.
What we learned
During this project, all of us learned a lot about working in a team environment. This includes how to more effectively use tools such as Git for collaboration and how to effectively split up work and communicate our decisions. In addition, members of our team learned about technologies such as PostgreSQL, React Native, and Javalin.
What's next for Earthlings
Littering is not the only community problem in our society. We built our app in an extendable way and could definitely include other community items such as public bathrooms or diaper changing stations. Much communal paraphernalia often goes unused - so an app like this could be extended to cover the simple essentials.