Greg: While the world has been on lockdown for the past year, it seems that many places are beginning to ease their restrictions. So, I was thinking it would be really cool to have an app where I could see every place related to my interests that I can currently visit. Also, as things get better, more countries will be safer to travel to, and I haven't seen an easy way to view the most up-to-date information on this yet.
What it does
We want to help people travel safely, so our app shows a list of countries that are currently safe to travel to, based on their travel advisory scores. Then, users are prompted to specify their interests and query a bunch of locations (tourist attractions/activities) that are currently open in their city of choice. On the final page, we display the user's personalized travel plan.
How we built it
We used Android Studio to pull travel advisory score data from the Travel Advisory API and open places from the Google Places API.
Challenges we ran into
We had 2 new members join the team later in the hackathon, so we spent some time catching everyone up on the idea. As a result, we started coding later in the day, but spending more time discussing the idea certainly helped a lot. It was like a feasibility study for our app.
Accomplishments that we're proud of and what we learned
All of us learned either more about a new concept or software yesterday. We fleshed out our idea and designed a working prototype on Figma.
What's next for SmartTravel
We're super excited to finish building all of the features in the prototype. This includes starting on the personalized travel plan page.
Slack handles: [Hacker] Greg Kimatov, [Hacker] Dan B, [Hacker] Betty Ong, and Bhavesh Shah