Inspiration

Our mobile app is inspired by the reality show The Amazing Race. We want to engage users of our app as they visit our National Forests and other forest areas in the United States by designing an interactive scavenger hunt game. In doing so, we hope to raise awareness among young people about the importance of conservation and its benefits to our planet and future generations to come.

What it does

Our mobile app maps out proclaimed forests in the United States and uses geolocation to determine whether the user in within a forest area. If the user is in a forest area, they can play a scavenger hunt game. They will be asked multiple choice questions regarding the forest they’re in, and answering the questions correctly will earn them points as well as leading them to a destination of interest in the forest. At the end of the scavenger hunt, users will have the option to sign an online petition by the Wilderness Society supporting forest conservation efforts in the United States.

How we built it

We utilized the Google Maps API, Google Cloud Geolocation, DocuSign API, Pandas, and JavaScript.

Challenges we ran into

We struggled with integrating the Google Maps API and Google Cloud geolocation into our project as we have little experience with mobile app development, we overcame this by studying tutorials and example codes.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Given that this is the first Hackathon for three of our team members and all four of our team members are new to the DocuSign Hackathon, we are proud to create a geospatial mobile/web app that targets some of the issues presented in the prompt. As a group, we communicated our ideas very well, discussed the issues together, and worked efficiently together. Most importantly, everyone in our group had a lot of fun together, and thus it was memorable for us.

What we learned

We learned a lot about various APIs, including the Google Maps API, the Google Cloud Geospatial API, and the DocuSign. Also, most of us came in to this challenge with minimal experience in JavaScript, but we learned a lot about it since our app is primarily built in JavaScript.

What's next for Stand for Trees

Our hope is to extend our app to roadless areas as well as forests. Also, our app is currently written in JavaScript and functions as a web app but our ultimate goal is to convert it to a fully functional phone application.

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