Our inspiration for the “SFO Way” application stems from our experiences with exploring new territory, in this case the airport, an environment that is also constantly changing. Airports are extremely large and often have a lot going on, with new visitors every day. We want to improve the experiences of all visitors and travelers at the San Francisco airport by giving them the tools to navigate the airport like a pro. No one likes to be lost, the use of our “SFO Way” application can be used by employees, who can use it to navigate their way around the airport as well as.
We help users navigate through the airport at the touch of a button, letting them know where the closests things they care about most are. We put people that need to stay connected at ease by giving them the location of the nearest outlets and wifi access, so they do not have to go on a wild goose chase, scrambling to find power to save their quickly fading devices. We show users where their necessities can be found fast!, whether it be restrooms, restaurants, coffee shops, water stations, comfortable lounges, or just a way to pass the time between flights. For those running late for a flight, we help ease the anxiety and frustration of not knowing where your boarding gate is. Find cool things that you would have never thought would be at the airport. Did you know the airport has a Yoga room? What?!
How it works
The “SFO Way” app has four main tabs: ‘Map’, ‘Directory’, ‘My Flight’, and ‘Discussion’. The ‘Map’ tab allows users to see nearby amenities and their relative location to the user, using beacon technology. ‘Directory’ lets users look up amenities in the Airline, Dining, Shopping, Things To Do, and Passenger Services categories. The ‘Directory’ tells users all about the information of the businesses they are looking for, from the hours of operation to helpful descriptions of what the business offers. In the ‘My Flight’ tab, we keep track of the gate number of the passenger’s flight and when they need to get there, meanwhile notifying them when they should be heading over. This tab will also help direct the passenger to their boarding gate. For the ‘Discussion’ tab, geolocation is used to allow visitors that are within the airport to post comments and participate in discussions with other visitors at the airport, about any topic they take interest in.
Challenges we ran into
Some challenges we ran into were that two of our teammates didn’t have any IOS development experience, even though they both have previous programming experiences . Another challenge were that we had trouble accessing to some of the APIs that were provided for the Hackathon.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Accomplishments that we’re proud of ourselves are learning how to use some of the APIs that were provided and building something that will take advantage of the Beacon technology that SFO currently have in some of their terminals.
What we learned
What we learned from this Hackathon experience are how to use some of the APIs that were provided and building something that will take advantage of the Beacon technology that SFO currently have in some of their terminals.
What's next for SFO Way
We want to make our application more personal. We plan on doing this by having the user answer a few short preference and lifestyle questions that will enable us to personalize their experience with our application.