We participated in the first hackathon in 2014 when we were in our first semester to earn our CS degree from Monterey Bay. It was inspiring to see how the Monterey Bay Aquarium organization thrives on the need to improve the marine life using technology. We wanted to work on another problem statement after gaining two years of CS degree to create a bigger dent on improving the marine life.

What it does

Ghost gear is an application that assist fisherman in identifying derelict fishing equipment. After a mass of data collection, we are able to identify where most of these sightings are coming from in order to decrease the lost of marine life.

How we built it

We built the mobile application on the Android platform and the website using Node.JS and mongodb.

Challenges we ran into

There was not enough data for this certain problem so it was difficult to link the data we are collecting with present data in order to find patterns from previous and real time data collected.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Have a fully functional website/mobile prototype!

What we learned

We learned to plan a prototype that contains reachable goals and creating a feasible user interface.

What's next for Ghost Gear

It would be amazing if the app can be extended for fishing hooks left at sea or shoreline and other resources that harm the marine life.

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