Hack Night at Heroku

  • Sep 25, 2012 · 6:00 PM

Register here: http://info.neotechnology.com/gc-heroku-hack.html

In politics, people are often advised to "follow the money" to understand the forces influencing decisions. As engineers, we know we can do that and more by following the data.

Join us for a data dive into politics using Neo4j, the world's leading graph database. Learn about graph databases while exploring political data. A GraphConnect pre-event, this workshop is for graphistas of all skill levels. Participate in a few hours of coding led by experienced Neo4j developers. Learn while you play with political data, focusing on data import, data queries, and visualization. Also, show up and enter a chance to win free tickets to GraphConnect.


learn about Neo4j and graph databases
how to import and structure huge data sets
how to query data
how to visualize data
create original graph-based applications

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great job guys

    September 25, 2012

  • Andreas K.

    Your Challenge...

    // All presidential candidates for 2012

    // Most mythical presidential candidate

    // Top 10 Presidential candidates according to number of campaign committees

    // find President Barack Obama

    // lookup Obama by his candidate ID

    // find Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

    // lookup Romney by his candidate ID

    // find the shortest path of funding between Obama and Romney

    // 10 top individual contributions to Obama

    // 10 top individual contributions to Romney

    September 25, 2012

  • Lou K.

    Anybody getting an OutOfMemoryError when trying to run the import?

    September 25, 2012

  • Andreas K.

    For anyone interested in the slide deck, you can grab it on Dropbox from here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g905u7o3gj0u9tg/SY80MBVqbX/FEC%20Data%20Dive.key

    September 25, 2012

  • Bharath P.

    Will the development platform be local machines? Will there be any exercise to deploy on Heroku?

    September 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      we will not do deployment on Heroku, however, I can show you how to do that :)

      September 25, 2012

  • James D.

    Can you recommend where to park nearby?

    September 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      On street parking isn't too bad in the evening, 11th in front of the office or Folsom between 12th and 9th. There is a Costco (11th between Harrison and Bryant) where lots of Herokai park during the day, enforcement there seems low but it is meant to be for customers only. And I've no idea what time Costco closes, maybe 9pm?

      September 25, 2012

  • Andreas K.

    Also, if you'd like to get a head start poking around the data, take a look at this git repository: https://github.com/akollegger/FEC_GRAPH

    That project creates a few different importers of FEC data which we'll be looking at tonight. Just follow the bare-bones README.


    September 25, 2012

  • Andreas K.

    Hey, if you want to get your hands dirty with the import code, please be sure to have Java and Apache Ant installed on your laptop.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. -Andreas

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, seats are filling up, please update your RSVP if you are not coming to make room for others. See you tomorrow!

    September 24, 2012

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