Develop an app or platform to crowd-source information for comparing changes in environmental factors, such as temperature, relative humidity, air pollution, with occurrence of symptoms of allergies and respiratory diseases. Create tools for public entry and grading of symptoms, including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, sneezing, nasal obstruction, itchy eyes; and geographic mapping of symptom frequency and intensity. Create a platform for comparison of symptom map with NASA provided data, with visualization options for web and/or smart phone.
What we did is we took EPA pollution data from airnow.gov and merged it with user generated input with a mobile application. Any mobile phone user can answer two quick questions about what symptoms they're experiencing due to the quality of the air and they can rank the severity of their symptoms. This user data is then compared to the Air Quality Index near the user based on their latitude and longitude. Then researchers or the general public can quickly see on our website how many other people are experiencing similar symptoms and what severity they're rating was for a particular quality index value.
We used GitHub for the depository, Phone Gap for the mobile app development, Microsoft Azure for our server, Elastic to store data, EPA Air Quality Index data, mobile devices for deployment testing, Google Charting API for charts on the front end, Postman was also used to populate data for testing.