FeedMe

Inspiration

Homeless people are starving on the streets of Philadelphia and many other cities across the world. While the general public are wasting food everyday, in 2010 alone Americans wasted $161 billion dollars worth of food, according to the USDA. We want to stop the food waste, and help give it to the starving homeless. But how will you help the homeless, if you cannot find them?

What it does

FeedMe is a crowd-sourced application which will display a heat-map of the homeless population. The heat map can then be used by people, who wish to help the homeless, to locate the nearest homeless people. Thereafter, they will be able to donate extra food or other products to the homeless. Overall, FeedMe will help the starving homeless get food, while also aiding the environment by decreasing food waste.

How we built it

  • Utilized HTML, CSS, and Javascript to create the web application
  • Used Google Maps API to create a heat map, using user entered data

Challenges we ran into

  • Inputting rendered data, to generate the heat map
  • Using Google Maps API and heat maps with custom data

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • We got our heat maps and the Google Maps API integrated and working.
  • We integrated the user location into the heat-map.
  • We made great progress on developing the features which we plan to implement.
  • We helped work towards the issue of food insecurity and environment safety.

What we learned

  • How to integrate heat maps with the Google Maps API
  • How to integrate custom data and render it onto the heat maps.
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