Nashville Hack for Change 2013

Thank you for making the event a success!

Recap

In celebration of the inaugural National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1st and 2nd, Nashville developers, entrepreneurs, and other citizens volunteered at Emma's Bistro in Rolling Mill Hill to solve civic problems with technology. Sponsored nationally by Code for America and the White House, the event had over 10,000 participants at 90+ events in 39 different states and provinces. The Nashville event worked in partnership with the Metropolitan Nashville Human Relations Commission and the Haslam administration to identify projects and public data that could be made into software products to better serve the people of Nashville and the State of Tennessee. Yiaway Yeh from the Mayor's new Office of Innovation visited and made remarks to the volunteers, and Representative Bo Mitchell (D-50) and House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-56) donated Tennessee State Blue Books as gifts in thanks for their efforts. Sponsorship was provided by local companies.

Volunteers met to propose project ideas and formed into teams which worked throughout the weekend to deliver products. The Human Relations Commission worked with the largest group on two projects, an inclusivity study of minority and at-risk populations in Nashville based on census data by district (http://nashinclusivity.herokuapp.com) and a map application to help English-language learners locate classes. Other projects included:

  • a QR Code tagging system for public landmarks http://nashtaag.com
  • Nashville Excursion, an app that provides info and travel time between landmarks
  • a turnkey solution for nonprofit fundraising http://donationgandhi.com/
  • Cahootly, a caregiver management app for families coping with autism
  • Leftovers for Life, which aims to make food distribution more efficient
  • a social networking site for the Nashville hacker community http://nashhack.com

 

Volunteers voted to award the Nashtaag team First Place Hacker's Choice. Both prizes for best use of public data and Second Place Hacker's Choice went to Nashville Excursion. The best projects from the event nationwide will be submitted to Code for America and will be invited to present their work at the White House.

The local and state government agencies who participated not only received the benefit of the volunteers' hard work on its own projects, but also welcomed a more open dialogue between government and the technology community. In order to continue their efforts to hack for change, the local community has organized a Code for America Nashville Brigade which will meet at 6pm on the third Thursday of every month. Hackers, designers, entrepreneurs, government partners, and other interested citizens can signup for the group here: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/nashville-brigade For more information on projects that were completed, visit http://hack4changenash.org.

 

Projects

Nashtaag

A social QR Code tagging system for public landmarks that allows creation of QR codes that link to multimedia resources for interactive information on landmarks.
http://www.nashtaag.com

To The Nashville Inclusivity Index

As long as mandated or voluntary measures treat cultural diversity as the “problem,” underlying systemic causes for conditions such as poverty, academic disparities, divergent employment outcomes, etc., are not raised or interrogated. The modes and “codes” that create in-groups and out-groups are not identified, explored, challenged, or dismantled. Since it is largely true that “we measure what we value, and what we measure gets done,” the Metro Human Relations Commission wants provide not only easy access to diversity measures, but to put a human face on these statistics by taking the process one step further. As long as mandated or voluntary measures treat cultural diversity as the “problem,” underlying systemic causes for conditions such as poverty, academic disparities, divergent employment outcomes, etc., are not raised or interrogated. The modes and “codes” that create in-groups and out-groups are not identified, explored, challenged, or dismantled. Since it is largely true that “we measure what we value, and what we measure gets done,” the Metro Human Relations Commission wants provide not only easy access to diversity measures, but to put a human face on these statistics by taking the process one step further.
http://nashinclusivity.herokuapp.com/

wESL - English as a Second Language Map and Calendar

wESL (We ESL) is a platform for easily finding ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in Nashville, TN. All organizations that offer ESL classes are listed on the map. You can click on the map location for more information about the organizations and the classes they offer.

The wESL platform is offered and maintained by the Metro Human Relations Commission. If you would like your organization's classes to be added to the platform, please send an email to mhrc@nashville.gov with "wESL" in the subject line. For more info about the Metro Human Relations Commission, please visit www.nashville.gov/humanrelations.
http://kitewebconsulting.com/esl/

Donation Gandhi

Our website is a tutorial website that helps nonprofits without technical expertise set up a website with a donation center and social media accounts.
http://donationgandhi.com/

Excursion

Using the location data for public works of art, this web service offers tours and quick access to the pieces of art throughout the city. The primary target for this is mobile. This will allow users to see what pieces they are close to at any given time and build a schedule for what they want to see during the day. We hope to eventually expand this to include other activities such as dining, live events, and other attractions to ensure that you are never bored when out on the town.

LeftoversForLife -- (health, community donations, food)

Everyone throws out uneaten food. Leftovers. Ready to expire. You just don't want it.

This huge amount of wasted food that could feed hundreds of local families or the homeless. The idea is to build a simple User Interface (for web & mobile) which lets you send out an alert that you have food to donate.

After sending the alert there would be a notification for people who have signed up for the service and are in need of food. Potentially partner with local grocery stores and businesses as drop off points so they can store the food for pickup. Also potentially partner with non-profits, churches, food pantries and other vendors.

Current site:
http://pixelcastmedia.com/l4l/

Nash Hack

Nash Hack is a socially driven community of hackers, it allows you to collaborate with other Cashvillians on your projects. It's like a never ending hack-a-thon on the web. Plan meetups, discuss new ideas, find people who share simliar interests, upload content and projects and find advice and help.

Developed by, Noah Scott Rawlings, Jim Porter, Hector Suarez

cahootly

"bridging the gap between caregivers and service providers to increase the quality of life for individuals with autism"

Cahootly is designed as a resource coordination platform to help caregivers easily manage and communicate with the many professionals typically involved in a learner's care. Key features include private and public communication logs to enable efficient and effective communication among all team members, team scheduling features so all providers have access to the learners busy schedule and can schedule/reschedule crucial appointments and therapies conveniently, document sharing so all persons involved can upload and share treatment plans/behavior support plans/IEP's/etc., and data-collection/sharing so each therapist can collect data during therapy sessions and automatically input graphs/information into the learner's profile so all team members have up-to-date progress on the learner's developmental and behavioral goals. Research clearly shows consistency of care across persons and environments leads to more effective teaching strategies- and higher acquisition rates and better progress for the learner. Cahootly is designed to solve the problem of the lack of consistency among providers that is currently a large criticism in the field of professionals serving individuals with autism.

Developers: Abe Music, William Golden, Brian Dailey, Colby, Jerry Winkler

Subject Matter Expert: Amber Music, PhD, BCBA-D