I grew up in the Philippines, where human trafficking is a big problem.
I thought that there ought to be something like the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app (which can tell consumers which seafood is fished/farmed sustainably), but for products (which will tell consumers which products were produced ethically).
What it does
A user can scan a product. The web app compares the product to what we have in the database of products that MAY be the result of labor trafficking. If the product is something that MAY be the result of labor trafficking, it will show people alternate options.
How we built it
We got data from: http://www.foodispower.org/chocolate-list/ http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/food/chocolatebars.aspx http://www.slavefreechocolate.org/ http://www.thegoodshoppingguide.com/ethical-chocolate/
We use a Rails API, jQuery, the Google API for logo recognition.
Challenges we ran into
We should have agreed on which version of Rails & Ruby to use first before we started, because that gave us a lot of errors at first.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we were able to work very well together and all of us got along really well. We learned new things, and challenged ourselves with learning new APIs that we didn't use before. Also, our web app looks like a good prototype.
What we learned
What's next for Where's It From?
Expand the database, add more features, add translations to other languages.