Inspiration

We often receive security alerts about crimes near the UChicago campus so we'd like to find safer walking routes, especially because our Masters classes are at night.

What it does

It shows the emergency campus phones' locations and recent crime areas. It shows safe routes based on police reports, density of currently open stores, and user-reported suspicious activity.

How we built it

We built it with Java backend and a React.JS frontend. We utilized the Google Maps API for visualization.

Challenges we ran into

Our team is relatively new to web development so getting everything set up and studying documentation was difficult. We have not tried utilizing two different languages for a web app before.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We are proud of creating an app that can be useful since we had varying experience levels.

What we learned

A few of us learned how to use Git and version control, as well as setting up a web app.

What's next for Hyde Park Safety App

Completing the features we had set out to add, including:

  • A reporting feature for suspicious activity with user accounts for verification and spam prevention
  • Finish the visualization with the data on crime activity we have have collected from various sources
  • Fix the directions
  • Complete heat map of open businesses and high traffic areas
  • Creating a friend interface to find people to walk home with
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