Everyone gets routed to the best meeting point by HERE Maps!
You can see everyone's locations real time during the event, just like watching an Uber driver come to meet you.
Joining the event is done with a simple text message to a short code or phone number.
Have you ever had someone coming over, then had no clue when they actually arrived? Anand's brother Arvind did! It's 2016, why can't we see friends and peers arriving just like we see Uber arriving?
What it does
Text our Twilio short code for our example event, you're enrolled! Your phone number will be kept in absolute privacy and forgotten after the event. You'll receive a link back that lets you install our app or open it if you have it already. The app lets you watch other participants arrive live, and finds the best meeting location for everyone based on where they are coming from.
How we built it
HERE Maps handles location display and routing. An open source project called OwnTracks handles private location sharing.
Challenges we ran into
It took a lot of work combining the sample code for HERE Maps and OwnTracks, they each have a lot of libraries and API keys and licenses.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Group Glimpse . CLUB solves a real problem we had and makes group conference attending and so much else progress much smoother!
What we learned
We're aces at integrating HERE Maps now!
What's next for GroupGlimpse.CLUB
Right now there is just an Android app, but iOS app's support opening from a URL as well!