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Code for America will hold its fifth annual CodeAcross event (https://www.codeforamerica.org/events/codeacross-2016/). CodeAcross is a weekend of civic hacking events hosted by nodes of the Code for America network around the world. It is timed to coincide with International Open Data Day (http://opendataday.org/). The goal of CodeAcross is to activate the Code for America network and inspire residents everywhere to get actively involved in their community.

Who should get involved? Urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, community organizers, and anyone with the passion to make their city better.

PROJECTS:

We are pre-planning a number of projects for this year’s event, identifying resources and laying the groundwork in advance. You can align yourself with one of these projects , or come with your own ideas. Actually, we encourage everyone to bring ideas of what they'd like to see built!

• Smart Louisville - (Ed Blayney, Michael S, Lee Early) City sponsored shared hosting platform for the community, like Smart Chicago (http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/work/ecosystem/developer-resources/hosted-web-space/). Most of today's projects will be hosted here.

• CityVoice - (Ed Blayney, Jeff O'Brian, Joe Reverman, Quaniqua Carthan) A place based call-in system (http://www.cityvoiceapp.com/) for gathering, sharing, and understanding community feedback. We'll be working with a city department for a Dixie Highway safety improvement project.

• Vacant Property Visualizations - (Pat Smith, Chris Harrell) Working with a VAPstat to take open data and visualize information around vacant and abandoned properties to draw conclusions and take action based on JCCO tax lien data analysis.

• KY State-wide LiDAR - (Bruce Moore, Matthew) Working with, hosting, and making public newly acquired 3-D LiDAR data for the entire state of Kentucky.

• Broadband Internet Map - (Ted Smith) Taking Open Seattle's code (https://github.com/opentechinstitute/piecewise/blob/master/README.md) to create a detailed map (http://www.king5.com/story/tech/2016/02/11/seattle-creates-its-own-internet-speed-test/80226466/) of internet speeds across the city (http://www.seattle.gov/broadband).

SKILLS:

Projects might include any of the following skills, so you can always be a help:

Research (web/email/phone), idea focus, data entry, modifying existing code, using 3rd party online services, graphic design, user experience (UX), documentation, presentation creation, mapping, and/or data analysis!

SCHEDULE:

9am – Breakfast, introductions and overview, project tracks review

10am – Break into self-organized groups to work on projects

12pm – Lunch on site

1pm – Continue working on ideas, finish prototype

4pm – Present projects, successes, roadblocks, next steps, hacking end, head off to dinner and drinks with your new friends.

WHAT TO BRING:

Your laptop, power cables, software, smart phones, chargers, monitors, mice, ideas and self.

HOW TO PREPARE:

The event is meant to be a technical programming, app building, hacking experience. We will be working together to build actual apps during the event.

If you are non-technical, we still need your help. During the event entrepreneurs business, marketing, and regular citizens can help steer the direction of the development and explore great ideas with the techies, and work on the presentation and communicating the idea clearly.

PARKING:

Meters are available at an hourly rate but are NOT recommended.

Do NOT park in the iHub parking lot on Floyd Street! First time offenders are at risk of being warned. Anybody whose car has been previously warned (written notice on windshield) is at risk of being towed.

Do NOT park behind the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store! They are open on Saturday and this would impede their business.

You may park:

1) Behind the Atria Building on the corner of Floyd and Market (Visitor's Section, approximately 20 spaces).

2) Anywhere shown in YELLOW on this map (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B28qs3pVLuXSOU1UYmlVa1pLYVE/view?usp=sharing).

3) Paid uncovered lot behind Wild Eggs on Floyd Street (one block from Code Louisville).

4) In the paid parking garage at 1st & Main (three blocks from Code Louisville).

SPONSORS & PARTNERS:

A huge thank you to CLICK (http://clickitstaffing.com) for donating breakfast and coffee for the event, Old Louisville Pizza Company (https://www.facebook.com/Old-Louisville-Pizza-Company-350225461851587/) for lunch and Code Louisville (http://www.codelouisville.org) for hosting us!