When I first read the topic for this hackathon, I thought "photography" + "maps", but I wanted to make my app more interesting, something that anyone can use. So I thought of "Mapagram", a mashup of Instagram and Google Maps to display public Instagram photos based on the location they were taken near you(the user). Essentially, this would be a great way for users to see what's happening near them or to meet new friends near their area in a very fast simple manner.
How it works
You can download the app from the Play Store(which would make me happy :)) or you could download the apk from my shared dropbox link. It would be a lot easier to just download it from the play store, in my opinion.
After installing the app in some way onto your device follow these instructions:
- Sign Up for an Instagram account
- Log In to your Instagram with Mapagram
- It will automatically go to your location, if it says geolocation is blocked, then enable it in your settings.
- Click on the locate button in top right corner if you accidentally scroll into a different area
- Zoom In/Out to view more photos near your location
- Click on the pin to see the pictures
- Log Out in the very top right corner
Challenges I ran into
I faced some challenges, but since I worked with the Instagram API before, I didn't encounter that many problems.
- Getting some parts of the Instagram API to work for my app
- Small bugs with my app, which I fixed
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I'm proud of the fact that I built an app that could be potentially used a form of social networking.
What I learned
- Google Maps API
- Instagram API
What's next for Mapagram
- Developing a backend, so users can interact with eachother
- Building it into a more powerful form of location-based social networking
- Show most viewed pins near area
- Allow the user the ability to comment/like/share (right now that part is not functional)
Note to Judges
If any of the judges would like to view the source code, please notify me, I can send a private dropbox link to any of the judges.
Also since I am a high school student at Lynbrook High School, I would like to be considered for the MLH Student Hacker Prize.