Inspiration

I have always lived, hiked, and skied in far upstate New York in Plattsburgh. Throughout my childhood as a skier, I have read articles about locals losing limbs or even their lives in tragic frostbite and hypothermia related causes, often due to unawareness. Just this week, a man succumbed to hypothermia when his truck fell through the ice on Lake Champlain between New York and Vermont. Having these troubling topics on our minds, we set out to build an interactive website to raise awareness about issues surrounding frostbite and hypothermia.

What it does

Frostbite.me is a multifaceted web app that contains several key components. The primary page of frostbite.me is to generate a "Frostbite Index" based on an algorithm we have spent several weeks perfecting. The algorithm outputs an index, ranging from 0 to 100, representing frostbite danger in a specific locality at the current time. The index is accompanied by apparel and activity suggestions based on the risk of frostbite. Frostbite.me additionally contains 10 question quizzes about frostbite and hypothermia in an effort to raise awareness about these conditions.

How we built it

Frostbite.io is written using HTML, CSS, and Javascript and hosted on AWS EC2. We draw our weather data from OpenWeatherMap, an open source weather API. We then input temperature, wind speed, and humidity into our frostbite index algorithm, which outputs a frostbite index ranging from 0 to 100 indicating the user's risk of frostbite at the given time in the given location. The website stores the user's location once it is inputted once so they can immediately obtain their updated frostbite index in subsequent uses of the website.

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