Inspiration

When discussing potential ideas, we asked each other for any problems we experienced walking around campus and came up with the idea of finding which rooms are empty. We all ran into the problem of walking around buildings just looking at each room, trying to randomly find one that is empty, and thought it would be beneficial to create an app that would remedy this issue once lockdown ends. We came up with findfree.space (FFS).

What it does

For each room in which the service is installed, it monitors the number of people in said room and sends the data to a server at regular intervals. That data is then interpreted and displayed via the website findfree.space.

How we built it

We used Python to write the scripts that detect people and send information to a mangoDB database, which is then interpreted and used by the website's front and back end, written in Javascript, to display the relevant information. Additionally, we wrote a Python script to send email notifications to people who request notifications for when specific rooms are empty.

Challenges we ran into

We ran out of time before fully implementing the notifications function.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We found a sick domain name "www.findfree.space".

What we learned

Python scripting and some web development.

What's next for Find Free Space

Currently, findfree.space is a proof of concept and much of the code is not at a commercially deployable state. We would have to work further on design and the code to make it ready. Additionally, we need to create a viable business model.

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