Moving around Warsaw, I saw many examples of vandalism. Graffiti, garbage, damaged benches and fences. In times like these, I ask myself: “Why doesn’t someone fix this?”, “Why doesn’t the city government care about it?”. It is true that there are many people responsible for maintaining cleanliness. I don’t even want to think what our cities would look like without their hard work! However, I feel that something should be done. Repainting or cleaning up the graffiti that I do every day, sounds pretty doable, doesn’t it? Following this line of thought, I asked another question: “Why don’t I do something about it?”. This question is better. It does not disclose responsibility to others and implies personal commitment. However, I can’t do it all alone. I need to organize a community somehow. That’s how the idea for the app was born.
In a nutshell, Miastoteka is a list of quests on a city map. Tasks (called places in the app) are added to the system by taking pictures and providing descriptions. You can only add photos taken at a certain time with your phone’s location services turned on. This will prevent random photos from the Internet from flooding the application as it is forced to come into direct contact with certain location. Next, I had to add a confirmation system to ensure that the given place was ordered. It was quite difficult, since another person had to be in a certain place to be ready to take the photo. Both locations and endorsements will be scored by other users. It is my hope that this will lead to a culture of well-documented sites and trusted claims.