rerouting you to safety

Allison G., Carla A., Mackenzie K., Pat V., and Estefania L.

ChiRoutes is a mobile website that gives accurate Chicago crime data and enables users to locate a safe route from point A to point B. A couple of features that are currently on the site include a Safety Tips page, where users can read articles specifically directed towards these issues, and a Neighborhood comments page, where users can leave comments about crimes that have happened in their area to inform others. We hope to allow young users stay safe in the city while traveling to their destinations.

In Chicago, the reported annual crime rate is 109,250 whereas the average national crime rate is only 2,962. There have been 2,607 shooting victims in Chicago this year alone and the statistics don't seem to be going down. The majority of the Chicago youth walk around these areas on a daily basis, sometimes alone and a solution hasn't been enforced yet.

In order to address this issue, we have been using our resources and skills with computer science to reach out to the public about the crime around them. A ChiRoutes user can input their location and destination in our website to allow them to see the dangerous areas on their commute. They can now avoid these areas through our application to stay as safe as possible.

The biggest obstacle we had to overcome was the map feature of our website. We originally wanted to avoid the dangerous areas automatically when the user put in their route, but unfortunately we weren't able to do that. So, we had to adapt and find the next best solution: showcase a route with the data surrounding it. We also had an issue with this aspect and eventually found our only solution was to manually put in each marker into the map. We had to go with our Plan B, but we still hope to proceed with our Plan A in the future.

"No one has ever done this before and it could make a great difference."

We are a group of five girls from the Chicagoland area who all had a mutual interest in computer science that grew throughout the summer.  Our other hobbies include competitive swimming, cross country, music, art, theater, and roller blading.  We drifted towards each other  because we all had the passion to use our skills to help our greater community.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Microsoft (Chicago).