Two German developers came to San Fransisco two years ago for Apple Developer Conference. Looking for a cheap and convenient place to stay, they booked a room at a hotel at Tenderloin, SF. However, they had no idea that Tenderloin was an unsafe place at nights. So, they were followed by a drunk person late night on their way to the hotel.
Two years later, an international team of students from Germany, MIT and UC Berkeley came together to take revenge. They created SafeStay that helps travelers to visualize crime data to find safe hotels to stay.
How it works
Through a map-based interface, users can select hotels at the city they specify according to the safety zones and availability of hotels. Users are then linked to the hotel they choose. To parse the hotel data with dates, locations and availability, we use Amadeus API (thanks so much Amadeus!)
Challenges We Ran Into
It was our first time to deploy a server online. We struggled with Heroku with Django. It was our first time to extract data from APIs and use them in realtime at our application.
Accomplishments that we are proud of
Setting up the Heroku server, parsing tons of data. The team we set up and friendships that will last forever, across continents.
What We learned
What we are proud of How to use Amadeus API
What's next for SafeStay
Creating a sound business model (considering Lead Generation Model) Expanding our features (example: develop a customizable search engine)