Hello, Syracuse Hacks and Hackers!
Thank you to all who joined us at Funk N' Waffles on Feb. 6. I've finally transcribed the notes from the meeting, and posted them in this new Google Group:https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/hacks-hackers-syracuse
If you sign in with a Google ID you can then request to join the group, and I will approve you immediately. I think that group will offer a better way for offline conversations than what Meetup allows. Please add any notes or announcements in that discussion that I may have missed.
Since I know everyone is busy I'm also copying the notes here (just this once!)1. Local problems to be solved
We talked about some big, hairy local problems that can be solved with media and technology. A few of those mentioned were:
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- Syracuse could become a "local news desert" as the Post-Standard has ceased daily print operation and, more importantly, reduced staff. Some suggested inviting Syracuse.com folks to a future meetup to talk about how the local hacker community can work together with them to ensure that information gaps are filled.
- Armed robberies: make apps that get stores to post robberies on a map? (Sounds like http://homicidewatch.org but for robberies).
- Snow removal: how can technology be leveraged to get people to shovel their walks?
- Centro bus schedules: if the city would open up bus data, Danushka Bandara wants to build a bus schedule app.
- Followup idea from me: would be cool to make a bus app that also shows links to news stories or blog posts about the area where you happen to be waiting for the bus. Then we leverage the user's attention to strengthen the community with local information.
- Where is the Open Government movement in Syracuse?
- Note: Dan Pacheco is talking with Sunlight Foundation about this and will report back with more info after the meeting.
- The Bly Project is looking for a developer. See http://theblyproject.com/
- Someone mentioned "Snap" from the Boston Globe. If this was you, please post some more info about it in the group.
- Metavid is an open-source way to share video.
- Rashomon from Berkeley, for video chronologies: http://automation.berkeley.edu/rashomon/
- Leap Motion: an upcoming gesture-based computing add-on that has a lot of potential. See http://leapmotion.com.