In a conversation between friends, we discussed how some parts of the city are no longer used or are not even known by the community due to lack of information. We often pass by a place without even imagining that a few meters away there is an entrance to a park. We often choose a shorter route to reach a destination, but we miss several interesting points along the way that could enrich the tour. So we thought about how interesting it would be to find a way to unite the interest in nature with the need to move urban centers, to relive forgotten points in the city and to use the most knowledgeable to feed the content: the residents themselves.

What it does

It maps the parks, initially in Budapest, pointing out basic data such as location, routes, access, history and curiosities, structure and equipment available, weather updates and number of people in the place.

How we built it

Using the Google Maps API as a base and the Firebase Real Time Database. Thus, we created a collaborative map with updates in real time that can be accessed through a web application developed with the Angular framework.

Challenges we ran into

Our first challenge was, of course, to conceive the idea. Our kick was to take advantage of public spaces in an intelligent way, but to actually define what the project would be, there were hours of conversations, cases studied, and many returns to the starting point to remember the main objective.

With that defined, we also face another obstacle: how to get out of the usual and create something that runs away from the obvious, that unites the functionality of several existing applications in a harmonic and easy to use manner. And that was when we found another motivation, to create something that could encompass all of our desires in one tool.

In the construction part itself, we came across with questions such as understanding the user experience, how to define the behavior of the tool, how to establish the locations and functionalities of each button. And all this without forgetting the stipulated deadline and conflicting agendas of the team.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Each part of the project left us with a sense of accomplishment. From the beginning, when managing to unite a team with professional diversity and make it work efficiently, until the meetings with different time zones, and notice the respect and collegiality in all stages of this process.

The visual construction, UX and application programming, had an efficient result and which pleased us all. It was very special to exchange experiences and be able to follow all the development until the final result. Here each one could help according to their experience, but in addition to learn a little more about each colleague's area, which is also a reason for exaltation.

Finally, the concept itself also motivates and inspires us to continue trying to make parks in all cities valued and seen by everyone as a leisure option. Even if it doesn't get off the ground, we know that a good idea is enough to change the world. And this is one that fills us with pride.

What we learned

People from different fields can (and should) work together to create great ideas. Learning about other crafts can open your head in unimaginable ways. Creating a project from scratch is much more possible than you think. When a team is well motivated, miracles are done in a short time.

What's next for Outside

Outside has the potential to develop a user community that keeps up to date a network of information of great use for everyone, and for that it must structure a gamification proposal to encourage more frequent use of the application. So, in the future, you can offer rewards to those who make content contributions and have other forms of interactivity.

With the partnership of public and/or private companies, it is possible to extend the application's capacity to integrate functions from other platforms such as bus and train schedules, store and restaurant opening hours, and event dissemination.

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