Our second cohort of students is now three weeks into their internships and making their mark on Seattle’s tech community!
Although we may miss them here in the classroom, their incredible capstone projects live on. We’d like to publicly recognize these projects and the hard work the students put into them. The projects were the culmination of their classroom work and lasted a month. Students chose their own projects, many of which had external stakeholders, created feature sets, and managed an agile process as individuals or in pairs.
Without further ado, meet these incredible apps:
Are you looking to move to a neighborhood in Seattle and want to know what you’re getting yourself into? Shut Up Seattle, created by Kat and Kristina, maps 14 common noise types (fire stations, construction/demolition sites, 911 noise complaints, etc) in the Seattle area, altogether about ~12,500 noise data points, sourced from five different government agencies.
Visualizing Disparity, created by Kamilah, answers the question, “where in the United States is the disparity between majority and minority groups the largest?” Using D3’s vivid and interactive visual library, this app explores multiple racial and economic differences across the nation.
Wat Do? [Seattle], created by Holly is an activity idea generator and social event network. Users simply fill out a short form that tells the app how much money you’re willing to spend, and how active you’re feeling, and the app gives you suggestions for activities that meet their needs. You can then create events and invite friends via email notifications.
Are you a fan of karaoke? If so, Rachel’s app is right up your alley. Rdio Karaoke is an app built for home karaoke enthusiasts Once you have subscribed to Rdio and filled your playlist with songs, just log into Rdio Karaoke with your Rdio account information and press play. The songs from your playlist will start playing with the correct lyrics!
Richa and Kate built an app to create, edit, and store information about Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) clients who have criminal convictions. The web app allows flexible queries for users to search the data and will help NWIRP better understand how certain convictions play out with people’s immigration cases and provide more accurate information about these consequences when public defenders are negotiating plea deals.
Kristen, in her search for great parks to enjoy our beautiful Seattle weather created Seattle ParkFinder, which allows users to filter Seattle public parks by proximity and park feature(s), browse the results, and get directions to their park of choice.
Currently there is no centralized system of reporting for deadly encounters between police and the public. Stephanie created Propiganda with the intention of spreading awareness about police brutality in the United States. This project draws from the crowd-sourced data curated by the folks at Fatal Encounters. Although the data is imperfect, this information is invaluable to us as a society to increase awareness and accountability.
Wandr, created by Cate and Lily, is an app for choosing local activities based on real user photos with an intuitive, minimal interface and data processed from four different APIs for the most accurate, up to date information.
Linnea and Brenda created Disease Tracks, a platform for hosting and displaying data about disease outbreaks, giving users the ability to query data, and have immediate access to graphs and maps of their query results.
Eagle Readers, created by Allie, is a tool for middle school students at Eckstein Middle School in Seattle to track books they’ve read and earn digital badges for reading books across a variety of genres. Students can log in, search for books available in their school library catalog, and mark those books as read. If they add a book that meets the criteria for a particular badge, they receive a notification about it, and the badge is added to their dashboard!
Stephanie built a new eCommerce site for Project Dispatch, a mail art subscription service. Site will ‘officially’ launch April 2015!
Speechable, created by Rebecca, is an interactive speech-to-text interview practice app. Mock interviews are time intensive and often awkward, and she wanted to create a convenient app that didn’t inspire self consciousness or fear, where users could speak into their computer’s built-in microphone and receive feedback on whether or not they hit their planned talking points.
Want a quick glimpse to see how your stocks are doing today? Adie Stock Picker, created by Bonnie, is a site designed for users to be able to integrate a simulated stock portfolio, quickly find stock prices, and customize your own real-time stock price notifications. It allows users to customize your simulated stock investing portfolio, generate a portfolio stock alerts, and generate a customized news feed to quickly find and organize a simulated investment environment tailored to your needs.
Gramble, created by Calla, accesses your Instagram likes, so you can visually discover by location, collect, and save creative ideas. See all your favorite people, places, and desired destinations in one convenient location.
Do you take photos with a DSLR camera? Do you want to get real feedback on your photos to improve your skills? Or are you looking to share your knowledge? Criticalens, created by Crystal, is the ultimate tool for DLSR photography. With Criticalens, you can submit your photos for crowdsourced review based on the exact camera settings used to get the shot. Criticalens provides helpful statistics (graphs and charts galore!) on your shooting habits. Stop randomly selecting settings and taking hundreds of pictures for that one good photo. Use Criticalens to uncover exactly what settings you need to get that good shot right away!
It’s like Tinder, but for food! Hangrynoms, created by Rachelle, shows you pictures of food at nearby restaurants and, based on your reactions, it will tell you what you want to eat and where you can get it. All you have to do is let Hangrynoms use your location and then start swiping!
Bri created a prototype for an upgrade to the teleporter at the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company. GSTS Co. is a part of the greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (BFI) and its headquarters is a tutoring center in Greenwood that is attached to a small space-travel-themed novelty shop. The teleporter is a repurposed cylindrical dark room door that teleports users from the retail shop into the tutoring center. The upgrade involves using a Raspberry Pi to talk to a webapp and display light patterns (on strips of individually controlled RGB leds) and play space-y sound patterns when a user enters the teleporter.
Seattle A2B, created by Katie, is a trip planner that gives the user the fastest way from point A to point B, by providing bus directions using real-time arrival data to account for bus delays; walking directions to the nearest car2go vehicle and driving directions to the destination; and walking directions to the destination.
Congratulations to all the Adies on creating such impressive apps! We hope you find them as useful as we do!