We wanted to promote proper disposal of waste, especially to those who struggle to throw away their trash properly. In order to solve this problem, we created an app which rewards the user for proper disposal as an incentive.
What it does
The idea is every time the user disposes of their trash properly, they accumulate points in the app. When the points reach a certain level, a notification is sent to us, the makers, to plant a tree. In this way, the app completes both achievements of promoting proper waste disposal as well as the planting of trees.
How we built it
The entire app will be constructed using Android Studio. The "trash finder" component will be powered by the Google Maps API. We have created a prototype using the online software Marvelapp.
Challenges we ran into
We were beginners with Android Studios. As a result, we were unable to complete much of the actual program.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud of the depth of thinking we put into the conception of the app. We are also proud of the effort we put in to learn how to use Android Studios in order to develop a feasible idea for our app.
What we learned
We learned a lot about how to use Android Studios. However, I would say that the most significant lesson was the design process required to develop a piece of software.
What's next for Trash2Trees
We plan to implement a crowdsourcing component into the app which allows users to add their own locations for trash receptacles into the app. This allows for the widespread use of our app because it could be updated by anyone in the world at any given time.