Alexander Rust created the first proof-of-concept for the Android app which started out under the very geeky name MQTTitude, a term coined from our use of MQTT and the then obsolete Latitude app, which Google took out of service in 2013. Andrew Rowson then took over and now maintains the Android app.
Only a few days later, Christoph Krey implemented a rough prototype on iOS, and didn't stop implementing new and exciting features on the iOS version of OwnTracks until his coffee machine burned out.
Jan-Piet Mens had the original crazy idea of combining location updates and MQTT and tries to keep abreast on what Christoph and Alexander do. As Ben once said: "JP just sits back and cracks the whips". So these three could be called the "core team", if we were in the market for cool-sounding titles.
Many good people have assisted us, be it by testing, by contributing bits of code, documentation, or translations, or just by complaining loudly, and we want to acknowledge the following contributions. (If you think your name should be on this list, tell us, or forever hold your peace. :-)
- Brad Pillatsch wrote the initial implementation of PKCS#12 import for Android.
- brunkj for help in tracking down an address book crash.
- Matthew Bordignon for ideas and help with testing.
- Stefano Costa for bug reports.
- Mark Clark for bug reports.
- Adrian Brown originally suggested the idea for location-based services
- friesenkiwi contributed sundry large patches to Android and drove the LOST integration.
- Mikael Berthe initiated the idea for the
_cpattribute (which we removed in May 2018).
- Peter Lindemann raised his hand for translating the iOS app into Dutch.
- Federico Hernandez contributed the Swedish translation of the iOS app.