Mapping Real-Time Restaurant Availability: Immediate.ly

Unless you are ones of those people who schedule eating-out days in advance, chances are that you decide to “try your luck” at the restaurant that you want to go and then decide that you need a plan B because that place is really crowded.

If only there was an app for that!

Immediate.ly, the brain-child of Dan Cohen and Chaiyakorn Srisakvarakul conceived at TechCrunch’s Disrupt London Hackathon, aims to fix that by mapping the availability at different restaurants using the Esri API. Interestingly, Esri was one of the sponsors of the Hackathon.

It’s definitely an interesting idea and to be honest, I’m surprised that the Foursquares and Zomatos of the tech world don’t have this feature already. The duo are planning to launch their hackathon idea into a company generating revenue using advertisements and have won an award from Esri for making use of their API.

Hopefully in the near future, we wouldn’t have to roam around checking restaurants 😉

Source: TechCrunch

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This year, similarly to the previous one, will be the warmest year ever recorded. We may argue about the measurement methodology and accuracy but today no one doubts that climate change and global warming are facts rather than crazy theories of Al Gore. Ongoing 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris only confirms it.

We don’t know how this change will influence natural disasters, we can however quite precisely estimate how the rising sea level will affect places and cities we live in. Climate Central, an independent US-based environmental awareness organisation, used the latest PNAS data and created a really cool Google Maps mash-up which answers this question.

The project is called Mapping Choices and it lets you choose any city in the world to see what rising seas will do to it based on a range of projections about how high sea levels could increase. In addition the app lets you configure your view to compare side-by-side how different responses to curb pollution will impact the environment differently, resulting in a range of potential sea-level scenarios.

In addition Climate Central created cool videos with visualizations of how the rising sea level will affect the landscape of cities around the world.

Scientists are not yet sure what will be the exact characteristics of the rising sea level. The estimations say about the level of between 4.2 meters and 10 meters until 2100. In theory it’s a lot of time. In practice our children or grandchildren may still witness it. Multiple countries including China and the US are critical about introducing policies to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions due to economic reasons but as Climate Central explains on its website that “the sea level rise we map may take centuries to play out, but we set it in motion today.” And we are obligated to future generations to do something about it.

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