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Hacks/Hackers Rochester Message Board › What project topics should we consider for the February meeting?

What project topics should we consider for the February meeting?

Matt B.
user 32250682
Rochester, NY
Post #: 1
At February's meeting, we'll break up into groups around different topics and try to ideate project ideas. Here are some of the topics that were identified at the January meeting:


  • School Budgets
  • Visualization Tools
  • Area Mapping
  • Tools to assist day to day tasks
  • Remote Controlled Helicopter/Drone Journalism
  • Opening newspaper archives


Additionally, discussion threads have been started on


  • A GPS based breaking news app
  • Hacking a Weather Balloon for Mapping and More


We are asking all people planning to attend the february meeting to vote for the topics that most interest you in this poll­.

If you have thought of another topic or project, submit it in this thread and we'll add it to the poll.
Matt B.
user 32250682
Rochester, NY
Post #: 6
Here are additional ones from RSVP's to the meeting:


  • How can this Meetup/group increase visibility into Rochester's growing startup culture and promote additional entrepreneurial activities in Roc. How can established news and media outlets generate more buzz for hackers and entrepreneurs
  • Building a Rochester-centered list of API's and data sources we can access.


and from twitter



  • Doing heat map visualizations of things like where the Governor has visited (and comparing those movements to past governors or perhaps where state funding is going).



Please keep them coming and add more below
Thomas J. B.
user 18886511
East Rochester, NY
Post #: 1
I'd like to suggest a data-driven timeline system. I've seen other timeline apps on line, but where they fail is the ability to mix and match data from multiple timelines.

Think of it this way: Hack X works on a timeline for a hazardous chemical spill, laying down relevant events, news articles, press releases and the like as they happen. Hack Y is working on a case of recent food poisoning cases involving produce from the same area. He puts together his timeline, then cross-references with the chemical spill timeline when he realizes that its relevant.

Do they match up? No? Are there revealing data points in that other timeline? I think that the ability to share timelines and data points as public objects would be hugely helpful in understanding the chronology of events.
Matt B.
user 32250682
Rochester, NY
Post #: 7
The future of news is mobile... TRUE mobile.

From John Karahalis

The future of news is mobile... but not just "reading an article on a
smartphone" mobile. TRUE mobile.

Interface designers are still struggling with this. We can use fingers
as input, but we are still using them like mice -- "click here, tap
there". The innovative software of tomorrow will go beyond the metaphors
of the past and make real use of the tools we now have.

Journalism needs to do the same. The early New York Times website was
essentially a newspaper for pixels. It was only later that they took
advantage of the opportunities that the internet created
(http://is.gd/mej7mb)...­.

What would news look like if we took full advantage of mobile?
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