Our interdisciplinary team enjoy exploring new ideas and technologies, competing to build rapid prototypes at intensive Hackathon weekends. At Google Campus Spring Hackathon in 2013, we were challenged to create a digital product that could make public service information more accessible for local communities.
Our team was inspired to build CrimeTimeline, an interactive web app that could visualise the levels of crime throughout the UK. Drawing on the Police UK API, users would be able to search, filter and display crime levels in neighbourhoods.This would increase the accessibility of this data for potential or current residents.
But, it presented a technical challenge. In just 30 hours, our developers had to learn how to use the API and integrate heat maps with the Google Maps interface. They also wanted to build a complex feature, which would provide specific data about crime types in visual nodes, with just a single click or tap.