Past Meetup

CodeAcross Seattle

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CodeAcross Seattle is a one-day event focused on open data & civic technology in Seattle!

More info at (

For a list of projects, check out (and edit!) this hackpad:


10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Sign in, get coffee, say "hi hello how are you".

10:15- 10:40 a.m. - Open data talks

Matt Rosenburg - Public Data Ferret, Public Eye Northwest

Matt will talk about how he uses public data, improvements needed in availability and formatting of public data, and partnership possibilities.

Luis F. Borrero - DR-I-VE

Luis F Borrero will discuss using open data to build a company.

– Shelly Farnham - FUSE Labs, Microsoft Research

In recent years there has been a transformation in public discourse around the role of government in fostering the wellbeing of its citizens. This raises the question, what does it mean to have a citizenry that is high in wellbeing, and how do we measure success in increasing wellbeing through our technological interventions? In this talk I will discuss recent work examining how open data and social media may be used to assess the wellbeing of local neighborhoods.

– Neil Berry -

Neil will introduce and talk about how you can request new data and get support using the available data.

10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Sponsor introductions

– Socrata: Chris Metcalf discusses & usage of the Socrata API
– Twilio: Carter Rabasa discusses Twilio & usage of their API

11:10 - 11:30 - Overview of challenges

– CfA Inventory, Policy, Data Scraper challenges
– Seattle Icons
– Documenting Seattle's civic technology with and
– OpenStreetMap

11:30 - 12:30 - Form teams around challenges and get started!

12:30 - Lunch

12:30 - 5 p.m. - Work on challenges!

5 - 6 p.m.

5-minute presentations on what each team accomplished.

More info at (

For a list of projects, check out (and edit!) this hackpad:

Sponsors & CodeAcross partners:

Code for America, Sunlight Foundation, & Open Knowledge Foundation

These three organizations partnered to create the national CodeAcross event.

Learn more about Code for America:

Learn more about the Sunlight Foundation: (

Learn more about the Open Knowledge Foundation:

City of Seattle

Check out Seattle's open data portal,!


Socrata develops the open data portal used in Seattle and many other cities, counties, states, etc.

Check out the Socrata developers site:


Twilio is a cloud-based API that enables developers to send and receive text messages and make and receive phone calls in their web or mobile applications. Signing up for Twilio is free and we'll provision you a brand-new phone number in seconds. We're excited to see what you build!


Google provided the space for the event! You should explore their new Civic Information API:

Microsoft & Esri

Thanks to the national sponsors of CodeAcross!

Check out resources from Esri here:

Check out resources from Microsoft here:

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