Triptography

Case Study

Because A Picture Tells A Thousand Words

Triptography is an app created for the 24-hour Photo Hack Day NYC.

Team member and full-stack developer, Jacqueline Williams, had the idea of building an app for travel. The rest of the team, which includes full-stack developers Eric Kramer and Maria Schettino, thought that it was a great idea to build an app that allows users to plan their day in a new place using locally-sourced photos.

“When I’m traveling, I’m always trying to find things to do,” explains Eric Kramer. “Our target user is someone who likes to travel and doesn’t like using guidebooks or reading extensively about a place. I felt that the quick image-based response was such a good idea.“

The Triptography team really likes working with APIs, so they knew that methodology would be a big part of the app’s development at Photo Hack Day. They ended up using 14 different APIs from Ajax to PostgreSQL to Balsamiq to Google Maps. In only 24 hours, the Triptography team came up with a slick travel app where users can search for local suggestions for a city and get image-based results. Not only that, but they were also the winner of the Photo Organization Prize, Best Foursquare Hack, and Best Filestack Hack.

Triptography Picker

How Filestack Got Triptography Up To Speed

“We chose Filestack, because its ability to import from a different social network sources is really cool,” says Eric Kramer. “One of the other sponsors of the event was Astra. We looked at it as well, but realized that we needed a file handler application, so Filestack was a no-brainer. We added the widget at the hackathon, but also want to delve into its JavaScript and integrate it into iOS with the developer kit in the future.”

One reason that Filestack was chosen by the Triptography team to integrate into their app is that they could customize the widget with dozens of sources. The Filestack widget will allow users to have a record of their trip on the app by inputting photos from Facebook and Instagram. They’ll also be using it to take pictures and videos.

Filestack Delivers The Unexpected

Future plans for Triptography include an image carousel like a randomized landing page, and creating a social network where you can share your trip with different activities in a photo album. For example, if you’re going to Paris, other Triptography users who are also going to Paris can check out your itinerary and add some of the things you’re doing to their own itinerary. As well, you’ll be able to choose other users’ previous activities and add them to a map plan for your own trip.

Eric Kramer

“We all thought that Filestack was a great addition to Triptography,” explains Eric Kramer. “We really like how our users can take a picture, then access their own camera through Filestack. Filestack allows Triptography users to take and upload photos, then use them to create a map of places they visited and enjoyed. I think it’s so cool and so easy to use. It adds another dimension to Triptography that was totally unexpected.”

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