We were looking for application to inspire where you can fly and spend your trip depending on the weather forecast
How it works
We have built awesome fully fledged application called SunFollower. The goal of the application is to help you find where you can fly and spend your trip depending on the weather forecast. Imagine you just want to get away, rest on a sunny beach and you don’t want to spend millions on that. You don’t want to check every beach destination you now and individually check the weather forecast, flight prices and hotel prices. SunFollower app pro- vides inspirations for possible destinations from your origin airport togeth- er with extended flight itineraries info, weather forecast and hotels listing. Destinations are presented on a Google Map represented by current weather conditions icons. To see the details of the destination just click on it and see detailed weather forecast (temperature, weather conditions, wind speed and directions) for the following 5 days. SunFollower provides you with graph to visualise the prices for the flights for the next 5 days. You can pick a day from the graph and look for flights to see detailed itineraries and prices and actually pick a flight. Ok, so you’ve selected your flight, but since you’re departing in just a few days it would be nice if the app could help you with finding a hotel for your stay. And that’s what SunFollower actually does – it gets you a detailed hotel search to help you pick a perfect stay ;)
Challenges I ran into
We had to connect to multiple API's in order to find appropriate information such as airports. Sunflower connects to Sabre API's, GetYourGuide API, Yahoo Weather API through to SimpleWeatherJS library and our own bridge (middleware) which allows us to connect to Sabre API.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We delivered fully fledged application during 24 hours! Keeping the deadline it was the most challenging part of that project because there were lots of work ahead of us! The dev team was so tiny, only two persons were working on the app and finally accomplished the goal, so we are very proud of that.
What I learned
We have learned how to use multiples APIs in order to deliver application which can support travellers. We have struggled a little bit with some technologies issues but finally all of them have been solved.
What's next for SunFollower
There are two possibilities which are implemented in the app where you can book a ticket and monetise the incoming traffic. These options at the moment has been mocked up - but the plan is to replace the mockups with real booking process. We are also going to implement more intelligent search so that the results would be closer to the users requirements.