GeoCode 2.0 spanned two days early last month when over a hundred people gathered at the University of Minnesota to pursue open data solutions.
Building off the previous years success, this iteration was organized in collaboration between Hennepin County, Open Twin Cities, and a number of participating nonprofit/government organizations. The experience was designed to bring people together around the concept of using available government data to create new technology applications that address a problem or a need faced by Minnesotans.
There were a total of 14 projects pursued overall and three three stuck out to us has having great potential for imminent impact. Like any hackathon, forward progress is contingent upon the teams willingness to further development and resources necessary to become a bona-fide sustainable reality.
What makes these solutions unique is their depency on cooperation from the appropriate government agency to relinquesh the necessary data in a consistent and timely manner — perhaps the most obvious way government can contribute value to Minnesota’s tech industry.
Delays due to road construction are always frustrating, especially since somebody somewhere has the information to help the public to avoid these delays. The Collaborative Road Construction team (a.k.a. the Orange Cone Heads) thought through how best to share this information on road closures and delays with the public, and explored what is preventing that from happening now.
Contact: Mike Dolbow – email@example.com
Anybody who’s ever put together a public event knows that finding space can be tricky. While there are obvious and well know spaces for public events, such as public libraries, there are also dozens of less obvious public event spaces owned by private businesses and organizations. Plus, different spaces have different hours, amenities, and rates. Twin Cities Meeting Spaces wants to simplify the process of finding a public space, and is doing so by creating a database of known public event spaces.
Contact: Tim Erickson – firstname.lastname@example.org
“Many new ventures or large events require filling permits through inconsistent, confusing, and error prone processes. Inspired from experiences in getting permits for neighborhood block parties, the Open Permit Process team (Super Mega Force) envision a world in which filling a permit application is as simple as answering an online form.”
Contact: Donn O’Malley – email@example.com