Inspiration

Imagine that you are a new student at a Volusia County University. How do you find great local spots in the area to explore? Wouldn’t it be great to explore as a team? Why not make finding awesome places a friendly competition?

What it does

This is a scavenger hunt on steroids!

Target for the demo: Start with college freshmen in Volusia County universities and grow to aspiring adventurers and explorers worldwide. Our development will lead you on a guided tour of interesting destinations in Daytona Beach.

New site developed today; Free to users; Covers the Daytona Beach area; Uses geolocation to verify users solved clues.

How it works Navigate to the start page. Put in your name so we can keep track of your finds Look at the clues (they all describe one location) and talk amongst your team When you know which location is being described, physically go to that location. Tap on the "I’m Here" button. The web browser knows where you are and will verify if you are in the right location. If correct, solve another location and repeat. If incorrect, try again! First person/team to solve all clues wins.

Benefits to:

Users: Discover new places; Make new friends

Places being visited: Increased awareness of their existence; Potential future customers

How our team built it

We worked as a team of the front-end and back-end developers and a ideation / conceptual designer. The front end was prototyped as a collection of static web pages with minimal interaction and javascript. The backend was integrated using HTTP calls via simple HTTP calls to a Node.JS application running on the server-side in Google App Engine. The application made authenticated calls to third party services: Flickr, which provided sample images of landmarks and locations at the scavanger hunt and Google Vision APIs that recognized the images and provided hints about what's on the images.

Challenges we ran into

Having each team member understand each other person's idea of how the user will interact with all planned buttons.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

In less than 10 hours, the team managed to create a working interface that is capable of taking in real world data and providing outputs.

What we learned

Learned more about what goes into the front end and back end of an interactive product.

What's next for Mayway

So many ideas!

Display custom hints (pictures and text clues).

Display all clues on one page so user can browse all at the same time and skip around to locations.

Display how many feet left to a destination as players move around town.

Allow users to store notes on each location (useful when they get a location wrong).

Realtime leaderboard (watch your competitors and note how fast they are solving hints).

Allow users to leave & see notes from other players and teams (encouragement, hints, false flags).

Points Based Winners Institute a “something to see/do” challenge once you reach each destination. Answer trivia questions for more points (points/negative time added to your score/overall time for better ranking).

Submit photo of the team at each location for an event organizer to approve (and assign points if playing on points system). Browse photos of fellow competitors once you have found a specific location. Allow teams to vote on the photos (Award for most creative, most likely to be fake, etc).

Capability to run a hunt without data/wifi

RestaurantCrawl Idea (also works for local breweries - pubcrawl):

A group of people go from local restaurant to local restaurant and all share one dish at each location. Experience lots of restaurants and types of food without getting overly full. Themed food scavenger hunts allow local food establishments to team up to show off their cooking skills. Restaurant names may or may not be obscured until users input the location name (users pre-pay a service that pays the restaurants in advance for a dish – incentive to finish hunt)

Support for students on field trips.

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