Adopt-A-Hydrant taps into Minnesota’s civic hackers


Adopt A Hydrant Twin Cities

A new special interest group called Open Twin Cities is  forming to connect peer hackers to civic purpose in Minnesota.

Their first project — Adopt-A-Hydrant — allows Minneapolis and St. Paul residents to claim a fire hydrant near them and commit to keeping it clear of snow throughout the winter so that fire fighters will be able to operate more effectively in emergencies.

The idea sprouted up in Boston over a year ago, and since then numerous cities have followed. There are nearly 20,000 local fire hydrants overall in scope and about 20 have been claimed so far within the past month of beta experimentation.