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Re: CfA Brigade: Ready, Set, Reuse!

From: noel h.
Sent on: Friday, October 12, 2012 1:42 PM
Code for America's Brigade is running a campaign on the race for reuse…

One of the four apps listed is from OpenPlans, Shareabouts. the other three apps are Adopt-a-hydrant, Textizen, and LocalWiki.

If anyone is interested in participating in this campaign, I think it would be fun to either bring adopt-a-hydrant to NYC. There are a few things I could see it work on… 

#. Hydrants… Yup, they ain't sexy but they are critical for FDNY. In the winter, they get buried. In the summer, they get turned on and ruin the city's ability to fight fires. While we don't have a listing of hydrants in the NYC datamine, I'm sure we could do a bit of begging to get one.

#. Bike racks… If you are like me, there's never a bike rack when you REALLY want one. So, there are two things I could see being built. 
  - The first would be around OpenPlan's Shareables and try to work with DOT to site more bike racks. Brooklyn's CB1 did this under FixCity, and it has been slow goings… 
  - The second would be around adopt-a-hyrant and bike racks. Aren't you tired of dead bikes at bike racks? Well, maybe we could come up with a crowdsourced way to address this? 

Just a few thoughts. If you are really interested in this idea, email me off the list...

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From: CfA Brigade <[address removed]>
Date: Thursday, 11 October[masked]:53:30
Subject: CfA Brigade Newsletter: Ready, Set, Reuse!

October 2012 Edition
  Have you ever seen a civic app and thought to yourself, “I want that app in my city?” We have.

Civic tech is often confined to hackathons, contests, and creating brand new software. We think that’s great but we think its just as important to pick up where most hackathons leave off.

What if we had a competition about reuse and civic engagement?

Today we are launching "Race for Reuse". With this campaign, we’re asking Brigade members across the country to help their communities stand up civic apps. Then, together, we’ll campaign in those communities to boot up civic engagement. more >


We want to see you launch, engage, and sustain tools for your community -- and we've designed this contest with milestones (and prizes!) to help you do it.

  • Launch one of four featured apps in your city, and earn an advertising budget to help you promote it.
  • Reach your target for adoption, and earn a year of free hosting to sustain the civic engagemen tool you've deployed.
  • Achieve these milestones by Thanksgiving Day, and we'll throw you a party in your city to celebrate.
  • Get Started!

  CIVIC HACKER NEWS [CfA Summit Edition]
  Brigade Spotlight: Chicago
When it comes to strong civic hacking communities; Chicago has an embarrassment of riches. Captain Christopher Whitaker talks about keeping the momentum, Chi-towns civic hacking heroes, and why it’s just as possible in your city.

"You can't eat data" [VIDEO]
by Todd Park & Tim O'Reilly
A New Civics for Smarter Cities [VIDEO]
by Anthony Townsend
Send in the Brigade [VIDEO]
by Kevin Curry
Fellow Demo: SPLOST [VIDEO]
by Jessica Lord
1. Captain a Brigade >
2. Open Civic Data >
3. Deploy and Maintain a Civic App >
4. Open your City Gov >
5. Commit Code to a Civic App >
Add events to the Brigade Calendar
October 12: Code for Change,NYC
October 16: Open Data Day, Asheville
October 17: Hon*Celerator
October 19: Apps4VA
October 19: Ignite Hampton Roads
October 26: CityCamp Colorado

  Philip Neustrom and his team at LocalWiki were approached about helping start up a LocalWiki Project in Antarctica. The project, named Open Antarctica, would aim to initially document a region of roughly two miles surrounding the Palmer Station United States base on the Antarctic Peninsula.

The result -- as with every LocalWiki -- is a cache of local information about a community and, in this instance, an uncanny take on the meaning of place in the middle of nowhere. This month's Civic Hacker Heroics go to the citizens of Palmer Station for laying down the a gauntlet for reusing civic technology. If they can do it in Antarctica, you can do it in your city. more >

Antarctica like you've never seen it before -- a LocalWiki for Antarctica.

< @philipn >


What if City Hall could open its ears to many more people? Textizen asks questions on posters in public places, then collects citizen feedback via text message. Anyone with a minute and an opinion can reply. More than 95 local governments have expressed interest in deploying Textizen in their cities.
reuse in your city >


Shareabouts is a mapping tool to gather crowd sourced public input. Use it to collect suggested locations and comments, in a social, engaging process. The app has been used to gather suggestions for possible locations for bike share stations, votes on proposed locations for food carts, or vacant lots for urban farms. The app also exports easily to GIS. reuse in your city >


Built for Boston, Adopt-a-Hydrant lets individuals claim responsibility for shoveling out hydrants during winter snowstorms. Written to function as a platform, the app can been re-purposed for any kind of civic infrastructure. Through a network of civic technologists and government officials, the app has already been reused and repurposed in more than three cities around the world.
reuse in your city >

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