And it’s not any old scavenger hunt. It’s a mobile app that automatically keeps track and alerts you when you find a cool place in Palm Springs, California.
How does it work?
The GeoChase app was built with Esri’s new Geotrigger Service, which allows mobile developers to create iOS and Android apps with location-based messages and actions.
Using the Geotrigger API we created triggers for our favorite interesting places around Palm Springs. Triggers consist of a polygon or circular geofence around the location and the action you want to happen – in this case, a push notification letting you know when you found one of those locations.
The Geotrigger Service runs in the background, so to participate in the GeoChase scavenger hunt you just need to install the app and open it once. You don’t need to have the app open (running in the foreground) for it to alert you when you find one of the interesting places we put a geofence around.
And you don’t need to worry about your battery life. The Geotrigger SDK was specifically designed to be as battery efficient as possible, so your phone’s GPS will ramp up when you’re close to triggers (to make sure it doesn’t miss you entering a geofence) and ramp down when you’re farther away from triggers. When you’re not near Palm Springs, we recommend you force quit the GeoChase app, and then if you’re in Palm Springs again and want to play, just open the app again.
How can I win the GeoChase scavenger hunt?
In the app you can opt in to the contest by providing your name and email address. Then, it’s time to start exploring Palm Springs! In the GeoChase app, you can find clues for each of the locations you haven’t discovered yet.
The more locations you discover in the GeoChase app, the more chances you’ll have to win some awesome prizes:
- 1 Grand Prize: 16 GB ASUS Nexus 7 wifi and 1 free admission to the 2015 DevSummit
- 1 First Prize: 16 GB iPad Air wifi
- 2 Second Prizes: Wowwee MiP Robot
- 10 Third Prizes: Esri water bottle or Mapman shirt or Mapgirl shirt – winner’s choice.
Want to learn more about the GeoChase app or Geotrigger Service?
Attend one or all of these sessions at the DevSummit:
- How the GeoChase App Was Built (Monday, March 10th from 6:00-7:00 pm in Demo Theater 2 – Oasis 1)
- Geotrigger Service: Getting Started, Overview, Use Cases and the API (Tuesday, March 11th from 4:00-5:00 and Thursday, March 13th from 1:00-2:00 in the Mojave Learning Center)
- Geotrigger Service: iOS and Android Tips and Tricks (Tuesday, March 11th from 5:30-6:30 in Mesquite QH and Thursday, March 13th from 2:30-3:30 in the Mojave Learning Center)