Snapcrap - How I built an app to solve San Francisco’s poop problem

Why build an app to clean sidewalks ?

When I moved to San Francisco, in May of 2017, it didn’t take long to realize that the city was facing an all out health crisis. Take a quick walk through most neighborhoods and you’ll notice the human and animal waste, needles, trash, and other unsanitary objects that litter the streets and sidewalks. In fact, one resident had already created a San Francisco Poop Map to illustrate the problem. Since I was living in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city, I immediately became accustomed to seeing these things on my commute to and from work each day. My friends and housemates were constantly talking about the filth and brainstorming ways that it could be fixed. We sort of became obsessed with the problem. That’s when we came up with the idea for a camera app that would allow citizens to report what they saw to the city.... Read more >