Code for Hoboken: Strategy, Planning, Hacking

We'll be talking a little more in depth about Code for America Brigades, and welcoming new attendees and getting to know  each other better.

There will be Lego candy and snacks.

Our focus will be on the ways we could help hack local public transportation, in particular, the Hoboken Hop, a shuttle bus with three separate routes through the Mile Square City.  However, in the spirit of MakerBar and CfA, please feel free to bring your own cool projects and ideas.  

Laptops recommended, but not required.

6:30pm: Doors Open

7:00 pm: Greeting and Introduction

7:15 pm: Review Existing Transit Information Systems

Existing Code for America Apps for Transit

Physical Interfaces and Touch-Points for Transit Information Delivery

Mobile App Based and Web Based Systems

Physical Signs and In Station Signage Systems

8:20pm: Open Brainstorming Sessions/Breakout Groups

Brainstorming Topics:

Topic 1:

What things define a great effective and excellent transit information system?

Topic 2:

Using your criterion, evaluate the apps discussed above OR pick a local transit system you or someone in your group uses. What areas does your system excel at? What areas is it deficient?

Related Readings (and/or Handouts?)

Interesting Experiment that Honolulu HI CFA performed on bus systems

Study performed on impact of real time information systems on bus riders:

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