Changing country for work, family or life it's a big step, and can be very interesting, but it's also hard to get used to a new city, a new culture, and even a new language.
S.O.S. Latino is an Android app perfect for those first steps in your new home. Completely offline, it has information about public transport, city maps, risk zones, common word english-spanish translations, hospitals, places to look for help and even a list of your rights as immigrant.
When someone makes the decision to travel to a new country, they find
themselves in an unknown environment and struggling to perform fundamental,
everyday tasks. This could easily be
avoided if they had better access to basic information or immigration experts,
but obtaining this help is often very difficult. To help deal with this issue we developed
S.O.S. Latino is an application designed for Latin American immigrants
who encounter difficult situations in select U.S. cities and does not require an
internet connection. The goal of the app
is to provide information on different topics like health care, immigration,
NGOs, geographical information and basic English expressions.
topic, once selected, provides both general information and information
tailored to the city the user has selected.
Here is an overview of the information that can be found through our
care: Information about hospitals in the city that speak Spanish and home remedies
to ease certain conditions.
Information on migratory rights within the state, consulates in the selected city,
and nearby NGO's that make an effort to help people in need.
Location: Four different maps are available, none of
which require an internet connection. These maps give basic information about
local streets, public transportation routes (either bus or metro) and zones
inside the city that have reported higher crime rates and are considered
small, basic translation dictionary of the most commonly used words and phrases
translated in both English and Spanish. The purpose of this translation
dictionary is to allow them to read commonly used words or to ask for help or
All the information described above is downloaded with the
application. The application does not
need an active internet connection or data plan after installation, so you
always have access to it at all times on your android device for when you need
this simple but vital information.
Right now, S.O.S. Latino contains information for the cities Los Angeles
and San Francisco, but we plan to add more high-immigration U.S. cities. To
avoid the application growing too large because of all the offline
functionality we provide, we intend to publish a different application for each
state. Our current working app is S.O.S Latino California Edition. This way we
can provide a smaller app with only the information that our user really needs.
We developed our application to run on Android version 2.3 or later. This allows us to reach 98.3% of all Android
devices out there. This is especially important since many
immigrants will be using a simple device, most of which run version 2.3.
Alpha build from November 3 video:
(Footage shown of the application was taken directly from the device)
Requires Android 2.3+
The app currently only runs properly on normal size screens.
The city selection buttons in the home screen are not aligned properly in the layout due to an unknown bug.
View the source code or download a compiled apk from the links section.
Dependencies to compile:
Android Build Tools
Target API: 16
Minimum API: 10
Fernanda Gonzalez Jaquez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jorge Arturo Alejos Loya (A00758689@itesm.mx)
Gerardo Anselmo Torres Pérez (email@example.com)
David Alejandro Jiménez Jaramillo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Luis Fernando Mata Licón (email@example.com)
Source code on GitHub:
Download the APK here
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