google maps with heatmap overlay of Salinas
As college freshmen without much coding experience, we were inspired to participate in this event in order to learn and get some experience under our belt. We also wanted to make a project to get a better sense of what it is like to be software developers and understand the field to consider for our future career paths.
What it does
Our app essentially uses google maps to show our users a map of the area with an overlaid heat map of salinas that shows where in the city the crime rates are higher so that users can route safer walking paths.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we were able to make a functioning web application that properly implements the google maps API and has an overlay of a polygon heat map from a dataset we got from the city of Salinas. Overall, putting everything together was difficult and we are all satisfied with the outcome we were able to produce.
What we learned
What's next for Map the Crime
Next, we want to implement the function that allows users to make walking routes that avoid the areas with higher crime rates, taking into consideration the polygon heat map we overlaid. We also want to expand the heat map to show more cities and areas then Salinas, which is the only city we added for our prototype.