Hack for Change - Seattle

Citizens, software developers, entreprenuers, and government staff collaborating to solve challenges relevant to Seattle, WA using publicly-released data, code, and technology.

The event's details are still being planned. Visit our wiki page on SeattleWiki.net to see where we're at!

We'll also be posting updates in this event's comments, as well as on the Code for Seattle google group.

Want to keep hacking after 5 p.m. on June 1? Cool! We'll have open hacking sessions at Jigsaw Renaissance on Saturday until 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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  • Al B.

    I thought it was a great event. Excellent people, focus was on getting things done, lots of structures in place to help, food was perfect, location was awesome, and the amount of on-site assistance we got from Socrata and others was fantastic.

    2 · June 16, 2013

    • Bruce B.

      Thanks, Al. Great to have you there!

      June 17, 2013

  • sabra

    Great opportunity to share your hack for Seattle project and story with the white house and win recognition from partners and/or be a invited to a white house event. Details at http://hackforchange.org/submit.

    2 · June 5, 2013

  • Suzy

    I spoke with someone looking for a point of contact for Snohomish County bus data. I've found some info for the person who asked, but managed to wash their contact info in the laundry. Is you are looking for this information, let me and I'll message you outside this discussion. The person was a tall guy with a telephone logo on his shirt.

    June 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      This person is 1 Andrew Filer. You can reach him here: http://afiler.com/­

      June 3, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Does anyone know what became of the Parking Scout application that Michael Patrick pitched? I left early, and did not get his contact info (and don't see him in the attendee list). I have an undergraduate CS student interested in an independent study who might be able to contribute to this. Any updates, links or contact info would be helpful. Thanks.

    1 · June 2, 2013

    • Joe M.

      @Pat: interesting extension ... however, I suspect we'll be more focused on limiting (vs. expanding) the scope of the 1-quarter student project.

      June 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      @Joe? What??? Dream big, be big! : ) Who knows... you might get something like this: http://oakland.crimes...­

      June 3, 2013

  • Bruce B.

    Thanks everyone for making it a great event!

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Just a reminder -- you can come to Jigsaw to continue hacking! While you're here, you can also visit the art studios at INScape -- there's an open house today.

    June 2, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Great! Unlike other hackathons for good, this one may actually have projects continue after the event.

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool event

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Clifford S.

    So much energy. But the HS kids blew the rest of us away. They are amazing

    2 · June 1, 2013

  • J. Nathan M.

    Etherpad of documentation is here: If we missed your project, or if you can add photos and more information, please do! We're going to publish it as a web page tomorrow:

    https://etherpad.mozilla.org/hack4seattle

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Rob D.

    Catching the bus and on my way downtown...

    June 1, 2013

  • seth v.

    Feel free to bring a power strip if you have one!

    And remember to enter through the 5th st entrance of City Hall.

    June 1, 2013

  • Beck H.

    Last minute change! Bummer!

    June 1, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Besides the local datasets, have a look at...

    National Day of Civic Hacking challenges: http://hackforchange.org/challenges

    Random Hacks of Kindness problems: http://www.rhok.org/problems -- select "event group" RHoK Global June 2013 -- or see the featured problems http://www.rhok.org/featured-problems-june-2013

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • a-e

    Are any organizers going to sign us up for the free Socrata account this eve? Thought it might be good to get that established ahead of time. (OTOH, perhaps it'll be no big deal to take care of that if/when it's needed tomorrow.)

    Folks can go ahead and sign up for their free (1 year) AgileZen & Flowdock accounts that are being offered. Info is on http://www.hackforchange.org/tools . (Now there's a note on the wiki, too.)

    1 · May 31, 2013

    • seth v.

      Folks from Socrata will be there tomorrow, too, so if anyone has questions about how to use their tools they'll be around.

      1 · May 31, 2013

  • seth v.

    Folks that are interested in pitching a project on Saturday morning:
    Email me at [masked] so we have a sense of how many folks want to pitch. You'll have about 1-2 minutes to make your pitch.
    And, it would be super great if you could show up at City Hall at about 9:30 if you're interested in pitching a project. Thanks!

    May 31, 2013

  • seth v.

    This wiki page will be updated throughout the weekend with useful information: http://seattlewiki.net/Hack4Change

    Please check it out. Also, the tools and datasets pages are here:
    http://seattlewiki.net/Hack4ChangeTools
    http://seattlewiki.net/Hack4ChangeDatasets

    Please add anything to those pages you think will be useful!

    And as we get going on Saturday we can use this page for various tasks: http://seattlewiki.net/Hack4ChangeTasks

    May 31, 2013

  • Justin B.

    A **VERY SHORT** skills survey in prep for Saturday:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FXH3MPP

    I'm throwing this out there to get an idea of where people's skills lie, in the hopes that knowing this beforehand will help us become productive faster on Saturday. It should only take about a minute to complete. Suggestions are always welcome! Thanks guys!

    2 · May 30, 2013

    • Justin B.

      Thanks everybody that filled out the survey, we've got 27 responses so far! Here are the results to-date: http://imgur.com/a/oa...­ (I'd post the live data, but that requires a premium Surveymonkey account - I'll update if more responses come in)

      2 · May 31, 2013

  • Rob M

    Hey everyone, I'm looking for a project. I am a web application developer so if you need any interactive UI or data visualization kind of things I'm your guy.

    2 · May 29, 2013

    • John K.

      Hello Rob, We allow local residents to book appointments with local businesses and each appointment earns funding for local school needs. I would love to connect with you and discuss if this could be a project that interests you. Drop me a line at [masked]. Hope to hear from you soon and check out Locany.com!

      May 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm a Rails developer and I'd love to grow my front-end skills (limited to HTML and CSS + Rails a the moment) to do data visualization.

      May 30, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Hmm...I wonder if WSDOT (or...?) has detailed info on streets, in particular, where the curbs or other street edges are. Or better, where the lanes are. Or anything from which street borders could be inferred. That could be useful to have in Open Street Map, and also useful for any projects trying to do autonomous vehicle navigation.

    Info about which streets have curbs could help with finding good pedestrian routes. Was talking with a friend who is legally blind -- finding safe routes for blind persons is a tricky problem that could need crowdsourcing in addition to sidewalk info.

    May 26, 2013

    • Pat T.

      a-e -- Cool!!! The US lags behind other countries in how detailed the maps are -- in Germany, they map not just curbs but trunks of street trees and shrubs and other obstacles. So we have some catching up to do!

      May 27, 2013

    • a-e

      Yup -- I've seen & used wheelmap.org. That's exactly what I'm talking about!
      Clifford -- I've wanted to go to one of the llocal OSM mapping meet-ups, but scheduling hasn't worked for me. I'll definitely look for you Saturday. I have some ideas that have been percolating about getting people to help do mapping -- particularly for accessibility.

      It would be great to get SDOT info imported into OSM so that we could jump-start the information. I've updated the Dataset Requests Hackathon page on the Seattle Wiki (http://seattlewiki.ne...­) with a note about this idea. I also left a phone message with the Seattle Pedestrian Program asking if they could provide sidewalk & curb cut inventory date on Data.Seattle.Gov

      2 · May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in developing home energy/water efficiency tools that Seattle City Light/SPU residential customers could use to keep their utility (electricity/water) costs down? It would be fun to build a prototype of a rudimentary gamified web tool that we could pilot at City Light/SPU. Curious? Comment below...

    3 · May 6, 2013

    • Sam B.

      EPA's Envirofacts database (REST API) has Design for the Environment Product data. Also, I'm not in that office, but I believe EnergyStar products is service-enabled data too.

      May 29, 2013

    • Sam B.

      We feed Design for the Environment (DfE) data to the folks behind the Good Guide app.

      May 29, 2013

  • Sam B.

    The US EPA is looking for an app/visualization for its Safe Drinking Water data. The data shows what public drinking water systems have been contaminated over the past ten years, when/if they returned to compliance, as well as related health effects for consuming the contaminants. We have a small group in Augusta, GA that is interested, but please take a look at our data and API as individuals, or teams, and make suggestions on the challenge Hack Pad.
    http://hackforchange.org/challenge/epa-safe-drinking-water-app-challenge

    2 · May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anything that can be worked on right now?

    May 15, 2013

  • Gilberto

    Looking to join a project. I am good at Windows Store Apps, C#, MySQL, basic ASP.NET and basic PHP.

    2 · May 28, 2013

  • seth v.

    I just emailed out details about this event which are also available on the Code for Seattle google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/codeforseattle/uvuHVxfMEj0

    If you haven't already joined that google group and want to stay updated on the latest Code for Seattle news you should join!: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/codeforseattle

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Matt R.

    Hope to make it for part of the day. I run 501c3 Public Eye Northwest and its Public Data Ferret project, a member of the Seattle Times News Partner Network. Original reporting, govt. docs and data, org'zd in database. Have some problems to solve.

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Will S.

    Interesting hackathon on Friday in Chicago for non-technical folk:
    http://www.meetup.com/HacksHackersChicago/events/118674512/ Anybody working with state population (http://ofm.wa.gov/pop/default.asp) or employment (https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/) data this weekend?

    1 · May 28, 2013

  • Nathan B.

    Having to choose between hacking, housework, or homework is not very difficult.

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • a-e

    software dev hoping to help make maps more useful for us all

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to contribute to OSM data.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would like to contribute to OSM data.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Clifford S.

    Looking at add Seattle building and addresses to OpenStreetMap

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Justin B.

    The recent bridge collapse highlights an interesting perspective - by all reports there was nothing wrong with the bridge, it was an unfortunate accident. But the effects will be felt for a long time. I'm interested in how we can leverage DOT and other datasets to help with optimizing the response and rerouting of traffic in situations like this.

    2 · May 24, 2013

    • Pat T.

      For this we'd want traffic data and road capacity data, in addition to just map data. Another, related, problem is evacuation route planning. This could be a job for a flow graph. Could combine the bare road capacity with a penalty for distance and for passing through residential neighborhoods.

      1 · May 25, 2013

    • Pat T.

      Mary -- Got any links to their work? I found a blog post that mentioned it, but not who worked on it or where the project info is. The blog says it uses the Socrata tools, so maybe the Socrata folks have a line on it. http://blog.tropo.com...­

      May 25, 2013

  • Justin B.

    Do we still need projectors? I have access to 2 short throws @ 1024x768/VGA and a 720p/HDMI projector with a normal throw length.

    May 25, 2013

  • Aaron P.

    Something came up. Sorry, I can't help you change the world this time.

    May 25, 2013

  • Pat T.

    It's not very prominently shown, but please do come to Jigsaw Renaissance to continue working, both Saturday evening and Sunday. It's rare that a project can be completed in just one day... In fact, we're hoping that teams that form during the hackathon will continue working together afterward.

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What time?

      May 24, 2013

    • seth v.

      We'll have open hacking sessions at Jigsaw Renaissance on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      May 24, 2013

  • Joe M.

    Just read a blog post by Kathy Gill about King County restaurant health inspection reports being very challenging to search in an intuitive / user-friendly way ... a potential candidate for a Hack for Change project: http://wiredpen.com/2013/05/14/gov-2-0-transparency-is-more-than-making-data-available/

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Katie

    anyone want to help me hack DPD's permit data? http://web1.seattle.gov/DPD/permitstatus/ or other things related to planning and development?

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're so excited for this, thank you for organizing! We'll be there hacking away on WhichBus.org!

    3 · May 11, 2013

  • Robert

    Will continue work on my White House Hackathon App, wethepeopleapp.us download version 1 now, and get the source code off github. Goal will be getting node.js push notifications working on Windows Azure backend.

    2 · May 8, 2013

  • seth v.

    Thanks to all the folks who have signed up so far! I updated the questions that are asked when someone signs up. If you've already signed up, and have a dietary restriction that we should know about when planning the food/drinks for the event, please let me know.

    April 11, 2013

    • Pat T.

      We should mention the evening and Sunday continuation at Jigsaw.

      May 6, 2013

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