Griffith Library held its inaugural Hack-a-thon event this year, where Griffith students were given 30 hours to work in a group to develop an app.
One of the students who participated was Ian Murnane, who has since graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Multimedia.
While Ian has left Griffith University behind, he certainly hasn’t stopped creating apps.
Enter the Android app Where’s That Bus. it was developed by Ian, and fellow Griffith University graduate Ferguson McBryde.
The app, which covers the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, allows a user to see exactly where a bus is at any given time. It provides an ETA to within 30 seconds.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the desire to create Where’s The Bus came from the graduates’ own experiences.
‘We were students on student budgets, so we relied on public transport, but we were never able to see when buses would arrive,’ said Mr McBryde.
Mr Murnane soon realised the data they needed was already online and the app took shape.
‘I started to get information like GPS coordinates out of the Google Packet,’ he said. ‘Eventually we ended up with an app that allows you to actually see the buses driving around.’
Users can access the information by punching in their regular route or stop number.
The results will be displayed on a map along with real time information about the bus’ arrival. Thanks to feedback from fellow Griffith students, there’s also the option to bookmark favourites and see the direction of travel.
‘The information at the bus stop could say the next service is five minutes away, but you can check the app and see if it’s already gone past or running late,’ said Mr Murnane.
The app currently has a 4.9 star rating on Google Play.
Are you a coder? An entrepreneur? An artist? A story-teller? Register for GovHack 2017!
The event is being held at Griffith University from 28 -30 July.
GovHack is a ‘live’ annual hackathon where you can create ideas using open data for real life problems in regional Queensland.
Teams work over 46 hours to explore, retrieve, mash up, ideate and communicate their ideas. This is a great time to engage in entrepreneurial thinking, network and of most importance – have fun.
Everyone is welcome including students, staff, and community – any discipline. Join in to create ideas for the future. State and National prizes are on offer.
Registrations are open now so register yourself or your team today. Choose Logan or Gold Coast campus.
Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!
A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!
The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.
There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student. Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.
Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.
Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!
Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.
Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.