CodeAcross Seattle

CodeAcross Seattle is a one-day event focused on open data & civic technology in Seattle!

More info at

For a list of projects, check out (and edit!) this hackpad:


10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Sign in, get coffee, say "hi hello how are you".

10:15- 10:40 a.m.  -  Open data talks

Matt Rosenburg - Public Data Ferret, Public Eye Northwest

Matt will talk about how he uses public data, improvements needed in availability and formatting of public data, and partnership possibilities.

Luis F. Borrero - DR-I-VE

Luis F Borrero will discuss using open data to build a company.

Shelly Farnham - FUSE Labs, Microsoft Research

In recent years there has been a transformation in public discourse around the role of government in fostering the wellbeing of its citizens.  This raises the question, what does it mean to have a citizenry that is high in wellbeing, and how do we measure success in increasing wellbeing through our technological interventions?  In this talk I will discuss recent work examining how open data and social media may be used to assess the wellbeing of local neighborhoods.

Neil Berry -

Neil will introduce and talk about how you can request new data and get support using the available data.

10:40 - 11:10 a.m.  -  Sponsor introductions

Socrata: Chris Metcalf discusses & usage of the Socrata API
– Twilio: Carter Rabasa discusses Twilio & usage of their API

11:10 - 11:30  -  Overview of challenges

– CfA Inventory, Policy, Data Scraper challenges
– Seattle Icons
– Documenting Seattle's civic technology with and
– OpenStreetMap

11:30 - 12:30  -  Form teams around challenges and get started!

12:30  -  Lunch

12:30 - 5 p.m.  -  Work on challenges!

5 - 6 p.m.

5-minute presentations on what each team accomplished.

More info at

For a list of projects, check out (and edit!) this hackpad:

Sponsors & CodeAcross partners:

Code for America, Sunlight Foundation, & Open Knowledge Foundation

These three organizations partnered to create the national CodeAcross event.

Learn more about Code for America:

Learn more about the Sunlight Foundation:

Learn more about the Open Knowledge Foundation:

City of Seattle

Check out Seattle's open data portal,!


Socrata develops the open data portal used in Seattle and many other cities, counties, states, etc.

Check out the Socrata developers site:


Twilio is a cloud-based API that enables developers to send and receive text messages and make and receive phone calls in their web or mobile applications. Signing up for Twilio is free and we'll provision you a brand-new phone number in seconds. We're excited to see what you build!


Google provided the space for the event! You should explore their new Civic Information API:

Microsoft & Esri

Thanks to the national sponsors of CodeAcross!

Check out resources from Esri here:

Check out resources from Microsoft here:

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  • Fremont C.

    Great event, met a lot of great people

    2 · February 24

  • Pat T.

    We're missing one person from the list of folks who were in the data scraper group -- someone had to leave early, before we figured out that we should list who-all was there. (D'oh!) We have John, Josh, Carole, Pat, Venkata, Abe, and Ben -- who was the mystery 8th participant?

    February 24

  • Pat T.

    Have you got suggestions for what to work on improving for next time? Here's a pad for that:

    Or you can send in suggestions to the organizers. Would anyone like a way to make suggestions anonymously? (Not sure hackpad actually saves anonymous posts -- there's an item on the hackpad improvement request hackpad that warns of that.)

    February 24

  • Dorene C.

    Overall great event; glad I went but some small grumbles.

    February 23

    • Pat T.

      Which brings up...would be good to get suggestions for what to improve next time. I started a hackpad for that -- I'll add a top-level post with the link, so look just up there ^.

      February 24

  • Pat T.

    Say...I heard (or thought I heard) someone say that the Washington DC CodeAcross had 600 people. I don't see Washington DC on the list of events here:
    Does anyone have concrete info / link to the Washington DC event (if any)? Anyone else recall hearing this? or something similar that I might have confused this with, like an event at another site?

    February 23

  • Jeris JC M.

    Hello Everyone -- I had hoped to attend this event and introduce you all to the #SeattleGlassExplorers Artists & Developers Incubator which is located in the historic Old Rainier Brewery Artist Lofts on Airport Way off of I-5. We are prototyping some essential services applications for the #Glass platform for emergency responders and working with trauma surgeons at UWMC. I am giving a talk this morning and may not be able to attend today [if so it will be late this afternoon]. You can find our more about the #SGEIncubator at our #SeattleGlassExplorers G+ Community:

    1 · February 22

    • Pat T.

      On a semi-related note, here's a blurb about Project Tango:­
      The technology isn't new -- this is what Kinect does -- but a phone is smaller than a Kinect, and they seem to be hinting that this might work outdoors, where the Kinect IR distance sensor is overloaded by sunlight outdoors during the day. (In fairness, it's intended for indoor use). On the other hand, I don't care if it's been done before. Want one. :D

      February 22

    • Pat T.

      (Ran into the 1000 char post limit...) Don't want to "build on" the platform, though, want to get at the SLAM innards to do multiple-device mapping. They didn't say if it has NFC, but it surely has Bluetooth, so could comms with other nearby phones to share data. Hey, I guess that means I want one and also want friends to want 'em. :D

      February 22

  • Pat T.

    Want to know where lunch was from -- very very yummy!

    1 · February 22

  • Pat T.

    Thanks to Seth and Will for great organizing!!! Thanks to Google for meeting space and to our Googler hosts for holding the space open!!! (Say...why not come to a Code for Seattle Wednesday meetup some time?)

    3 · February 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a non-profit that I can do a volunteer hours match against?

    1 · February 22

  • Tre M.

    What do we want??? OPEN DATA when do we want it? NOW!! Good times at Code Across Seattle!! We are changing the world (and Seattle) one code at a time!

    2 · February 22

  • seth v.

    i just uploaded a photo of a couple list and found items -- a jacket abd a water bottle. i will bring these to the next wrdnesday meetup. let me know if they are yours

    February 22

  • Tomas S.

    Pretty cool - good pace and great content

    2 · February 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss out today. It would have been my first event, but my transport dropped out at the last minute. And coming from Bellevue on the bus would have meant being way late. I hope to make it next time!

    February 22

  • Bridge

    Running a few mins late for volunteer duty...

    1 · February 22

  • Saptak S.


    February 22

  • Sid B.


    February 22

  • Pat T.

    Just in case...if you have a spare powerstrip, please bring it. :D

    2 · February 21

  • Pat T.

    Yo, folks who have offered to be point people for projects! Notice that "Overview of challenges" slot in the schedule? That's us -- anyone with a project to pitch. This is where we entice people to work on our projects, so come with a few minutes of "what's it all about". There'll be a screen, so we can show slides / web pages.

    2 · February 20

  • seth v.

    Here's a hackpad for the projects we'll be working on:

    Have a project you plan to work on or that you'd like to propose? Add it!

    1 · February 8

    • Pat T.

      Seth, do you know who is pitching the "pdf liberation" project? Are they looking to extract structured data, or free-form text? If the latter, then Lucene / Solr can extract, index, search pdf (and other format) docs.

      2 · February 8

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  • Impact Hub Seattle

    Weekly meeting space at the Hub.

  • Code for America

    Code for America provides support for our events and other resources.

  • Socrata

    Meeting space for our first Wednesday meetup of each month.

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