From October 3-5, many developers from all over the state of Michigan and beyond gathered to compete at the second annual Code Michigan competition in Newaygo, Michigan.
Dewpoint’s own Alex Mason, a staff developer, and his team headed north for the weekend-long coding contest. Other team members were Mitch Dodge (developer and IT at Michigan Health Council) and brother Ben Mason (an independent developer at OddnessEcho who participated remotely).
“The next 48 hours flew by in a flurry of extreme coding, collaborating, eating excellent food, and consuming large quantities of caffeine,” recalled Alex. “Sleep was optional and a luxury most would or could not afford.”
Between coding sessions, Mitch and Alex talked with other developers and teams onsite. “It was an amazing experience to be able to collaborate with so many developers, all working on different projects with different approaches and technologies,” shared Mason. “Some teams preferred to be secluded, while others were more open to sharing.”
Mason and Dodge also spent some time paying it forward, offering guidance and support to a team from Newaygo High School who “had very little coding experience coming in to the event, but were so full of excitement and passion.”
The app Mason and his team submitted was called “Wrecktify” and was designed to take the car accident data from the State of Michigan’s data API and analyze it in order to determine where accidents happen most frequently and to predict where they are most likely to happen next.
With Wrecktify you can:
- View a list of the most dangerous intersection
- Get an estimate of how many days until the next accident occurs at that location
- View the location on Google Maps with pins highlighting each previous accident in their exact location
- Click on the pins to display info specific to that accident
- Filter the accidents to certain categories (alcohol / drug / pedestrian / fatality involvement and date range)
- Search by a specific zip code or city and date range
With over 765,000 accidents records dating back to the start of 2012, we hoped to offer a tool for making Michigan roads safer. This application could be used by the Department of Transportation, law enforcement, emergency services, local governments, and others to better visualize and analyze the crash data and hopefully work towards safer roads.
The winners were announced and in the end the team won 3rd place.
“It was amazing to see what we could all accomplish in such a short time,” relayed Mason. “So many great ideas were presented, some fully fledged, some partially realized with conceptual ideas yet to be implemented. All impressive just the same.”
Dewpoint congratulates Alex, his team, and everyone who participated and supported this exciting and worthwhile event!