YRS Projects 2015

Published on August 4, 2015 by Red River

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Below is a list of all of the software projects created at the Red River centre for the 2015 Festival of Code:

Intelligent Elephant Alarm Clock

Easily the most well known project to come out of the Red River centre was the
Intelligent Elephant Alarm Clock. Designed by our three youngest participants, this alarm clock uses traffic and weather data to help you make the most of each morning. If that isn’t enough for you, the sleep functionality of the app plays a series of increasingly agitating animal sounds to get you out of bed on time. While the team didn’t win the ‘Should Exist’ category, they did manage to get into the final four.


Endangered Extinct Animals

The Endangered Extinct Animals (EAA) website was designed to promote the adoption of rare and endangered species worldwide. By plotting data they found online, the team were able to map every country in the world and list the number of endangered species living there. Combined with a link to sponsor each of the world’s most endangered animals, the team hoped it would boost sponsorship rates worldwide. While EAA did not make it to the second round, the team did get a special mention from the judges.



Designed entirely by one participant, CrimeSpot is an online application designed to map crimes committed in your area. While it didn’t win any awards, we think that taking data from data.police.uk, hosting it in a MySQL database, plotting the data on the map, assigning custom Google Maps marker Icons and integrating the Clockwork API for SMS notifications was technically impressive for 4 days work. Defiantly one to watch out for!

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Chicken Walker

The Chicken Walker app is one of those projects that brings joy to the faces of everyone you show it to. Based on KFC’s location data for their stores, this unique app lets you select items from their menu and will calculate how many times you have to walk between your house and the local store to burn the calories off. Not only did the team receive praise from the YRS judges, our local MP Jeremy Quinn described it as ingenious on his visit last week.

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The idea behind Tuta was to make route planning in and around London more reliable. By entering your current location and your destination, Tuta will show the user live feeds for every traffic camera they will encounter on their journey. Currently the system only supports cameras listed on the Transport for London API; however the team were looking to expand this in the future.

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