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Civic Hacknight w/ Regional Plan Association & OpenJC

What will the New York region look like 25 years from now? How will the region address the challenges of growing inequality, vulnerability to climate change, and fractured government?

Last year, Regional Plan Association launched the Fourth Regional Plan, a three-year initiative to create a vision and make specific recommendations for community development, environmental stewardship, and transportation projects in the NY-NJ-CT region.

What will be happening at the hacknight?

Join us as we preview the benchmarking analysis and interactive maps that RPA will be releasing at our annual Assembly on April 25. Data sets will be available at the event. RPA will explain the data and open the night for hacking, visualizing, and discussion.

The datasets include: floodplain projections; the location of critical infrastructure potentially vulnerable to flooding; county origins and destinations of where people live and work; elementary school rankings; and household income breakdowns by income taxes, transportation costs, housing costs, and discretionary income. All of the data is for the RPA region (31 counties roughly from Trenton to New Haven) ranging from point data to data at then census tract and county levels.


6:30pm: Doors Open

7:00 – 7:15pm: Introduction to RPA, research to date, and datasets

7:15 – 9:45pm: Hacking, Visualizing, Discussing

9:45 – 10:00pm: Report Back and Closing

This event is hosted by Regional Plan Association and BetaNYC, with sponsorship from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and support from Pediacities.

If you are not a BetaNYC member and don't want to become one, register via Eventbrite.


How can you be part of the shaping the Fourth Regional Plan?

The research and analysis currently underway will directly feed into the next phase of the creation of the Fourth Regional Plan: the generation and fine-tuning of potential initiatives into actual recommendations. Based on the work we have done so far, we are currently seeking help in two specific areas:

• Visualize the origin/destination live/work data.

• Identify and visualize other infrastructure and networks that would be affected by the projected floodplain.

This is the first time RPA is participating in a hacknight and we are excited to discuss how to make events like this happen throughout the Fourth Regional Plan’s creation and throughout the region. We will share the outcomes of this night at our Assembly on April 25, with our Committee on the Fourth Regional Plan, and at future Fourth Regional Plan events.


About Regional Plan Association @RegionalPlan

RPA works to improve the prosperity, infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. Some of the region’s most significant public works, economic development, and open space projects have their roots in RPA ideas and initiatives, from the location of the George Washington Bridge to the revitalization of downtown Brooklyn, Stamford, and Newark to the preservation of open space and development of parks in the Palisades, Governors Island, and Gateway National Recreation Area.

About BetaNYC @BetaNYC

BetaNYC is building a connected NYC by the people, for the people, for the 21st Century.We are NYC’s civic technology and open government vanguard. We are an organized force for local civic engagement--a network of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their skills toward government and community service.

About NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering @NYUPOLYinqb8

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit

About Pediacities @PediaCities

Pediacities/Ontodia created the PediaCities platform to curate, organize, and link data about cities. Check out our first PediaCities knowledgebase at for a demonstration of what clean linked data looks like.

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  • Ray S.

    Wasn't able to make it last night. Is there a summary available? Since I live in Jersey City, I am interested in what OpenJC is doing.

    April 10, 2014

    • Anna L.

      Ray, RPA published some regional data on http://nycdata.pediac...­. We had a great turnout, few teams formed and worked on different projects. If you would like to find out more about OpenJC, we meet every other Tuesday at Indiegrove at 7:30pm (­)

      April 10, 2014

    • Ray S.

      Thanks Anna.

      April 11, 2014

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