Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012

Hi, Dave here, from East Bay Rails, with a great little hackathon sponsored by Alameda County. The details:


Alameda County is hosting a hackathon on 12/8/12 at the Castro Valley Library (only 2 blocks from BART).
You can't miss out on free food and great prizes $3000, $1500, and $500 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively. Form a team and create an app or awesome concept that would be beneficial to Alameda County residents.

Alameda County invites everyone – the civic-minded, the technologically-savvy and everyone in between - to participate in the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012, a unique day-long event that will challenge residents to harness the power of technology and open government to create web and mobile applications that benefit the community.

Alameda County has already opened the floor to residents interested in the Apps Challenge – and the community’s creative juices are flowing.  Ideas submitted by residents to the Apps Challenge website include: “A gps-based app to report (hazards like) hurt squirrels or deer on the road, and give heads-up to other drivers that are driving close by," and “an app that shows tourists what to do.’’

Alameda County Apps Challenge 2012 will be held8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday December 8, 2012, at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley, just two blocks from BART.


RSVP now, and feel free to ask questions or pitch ideas on the Meetup page.


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  • Dave D.

    Thanks again to everyone who participated.

    December 19, 2012

  • SD

    Hi Everyone, the event was a huge hit. We had a great turn out and 24 awesome team's formed to present some very creative ideas. For those that made it out, it was great to see you there. If you didn't have a chance check out the links below. Maybe we'll see you next time :)
    You can see the winners at and check out pics on pinterest and Flickr.

    December 19, 2012

  • Sybil G.

    Look forward to seeing everyone! Be sure to sign up!

    December 1, 2012

  • SD

    8 days to go!! Go to to Register Today. Check out for a list of datasets that you can take advantage of.

    November 30, 2012

  • SD

    Hi Everyone! Dont' forget to register at or
    I'll see you all there.

    November 27, 2012

  • Dave D.

    This is a good idea, and I'm thinking about how to drum up some interest. Any concrete suggestions I could use for promoting the meetup would be highly appreciated.

    November 25, 2012

    • SD

      Hi Dave, Chek out­ for a list of app ideas that citizens have submitted. These are all great suggestions coming from the public that we hope will inspire coders to make the ideas into a reality. Also,­ has a list of datasets that could be utlized in creating the apps. It includes flat files of varying information from the County and GIS map layers that we hope teams will take advantage of.

      November 26, 2012

  • Dave D.

    Ok, cool. Expect an msg from me shortly, I'd like to connect on email before pulling the trigger.

    November 25, 2012

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