What is StoryMapp?

StoryMapp is a mobile application that creates custom walks based on your location and provides a playlist of stories that correspond to landmarks on your route.

Why did we create StoryMapp?

Storywalks are mainly built for one location, so we created StoryMapp to allow readers the freedom to explore audio stories from all over the world while walking in their own neighborhoods.

By mapping stories to common locations, we allow listeners to put stories in a personal context.

Why now? In these turbulent times understanding different perspectives and discovering new narratives is paramount.

Who is StoryMapp for?

Our audience is:

  • 18-25 year-olds who turn to social media for news consumption, discussions, and cross-sharing
  • 25-35 year-olds who are podcast aficionados by way of storytelling series such as The Moth and Mortified.
  • Literature lovers and longtime radio listeners excited about the infinite potential of storytelling in the digital age.
  • Avid walkers or those looking for motivation to exercise and explore their surroundings.

How does it work?

StoryMapp uses your location and your selected parameters (e.g., time and distance) to create a custom walk with accompanying audio clips – freely available for download.

The stories map to the types of scenery or landmarks you encounter on your walk.

For example, walking by a post office you may listen to a story about generations of postmasters in a small town.

How we built it

We created a demo prototype as a proof of concept that includes a wireframe using XD Beta and a demo custom route using Google mymapp. See our presentation slides (linked under "Try It" to see our full User Flow.

Challenges we ran into

We ran into technical and time limitations, which is why we ended up creating the wireframes and a demo, as opposed to using the various APIs.

What we learned

It takes longer than 24 hours to create a location-based custom mapping experience. Tagging of audio files (read as metadata) across multiple sources requires more clean up and cross-linking than anticipated.

What's next for StoryMapp

In order to make this a reality, we need to tackle a few things:

  • Access to full text searching capabilities of audio files (or their transcripts) to tag clips with location types
  • Google Maps APIs (Google Places API, Google Maps Javascript API, etc.) to plot routes & capture location types to match to audio clip location types
  • Ability to cut clips to appropriate length of time
  • Create a layer to filter by types of stories for more curated experience (based on sentiment, etc.)

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