Throughout this school year I’ve discussed my senior project, called HotLava, numerous times. The Senior Project course, CSE-379, is only a one semester course that senior computer science students take the Fall semester of their senior year. However, my friend, who I worked on the project with, and I were excited about the potential for our idea and wanted to keep going, so we were approved to continue working on our project as an independent study this semester.
For any readers not familiar with our project, HotLava is a real-time mobile safety app that will let Lehigh students know what areas off-campus are the least safest and will alert them in real-time if they enter a dangerous “hot spot.” This semester we’ve been working feverishly on our app ironing out any bugs and improving features we already had in place. We are at a point in which we’ve set a deadline for ourselves to get our app on the Google Play Store (Android’s App Store) before Spring Break. Our app will only be available for Android phones, and not iPhone’s, since that it what we developed it for. Regardless, we are hoping to have our beta release no later than next Friday.
Once we publish it to the Google Play Store, our plan is to have as many people as possible test it out and provide feedback. This will help us gauge what people think of it and what improvements need to be made. The next week will be hectic, but crucial, as we put the finishing touches on it. We want our app make a good first impression to help it gain traction among Lehigh students.
I’ll be sure to keep the blog updated as my friend and I get closer to our beta release!