So, in my area of the US, we’ve had somewhat of an unusual summer when it comes to shark attacks. It seems like every other day, there’s an attack at a local beach, and in fact, yesterday they were falling from the sky here in Virginia Beach – I kid you not.
So, what if there was an app where you could report, and confirm reports of shark sightings and other beach conditions – good or bad. Wouldn’t this make going to the beach just a tiny tiny bit safer? Or asked another way.. If I saw a big bull shark 400 yards away from where your kids were swimming, wouldn’t it be neat if I could let you know somehow?
In a nutshell, it’s Waze for the beach.
Here’s where you come in.
I did this as a project for the local Code for America brigade, Code for Hampton Roads. It’s being hosted by my good friends over at Hatch, a local tech accelerator here. The app is a fork of the popular mbta.ninja app that was made by another Code for America Brigade – Code for Boston.
Anyhow, we need people to work on this! People are getting bitten! Summer’s half over! Shark week’s almost here!
If anyone has any interest, all you have to do is work on the app and I’ll update with any pull request that I get.
Things we need :
- More beaches!
- Better beach configuration
- Updates to the latest mbta.ninja source
- Twilio integration!