Nashville Hack for Change 2013

Thank you for making the 2014 a success!

Recap

In collaboration with the 2nd annual National Day of Civic Hacking on May 30st to June 1st, 140+ of Nashville’s developers, entrepreneurs, city officials and other activated citizens volunteered at the Music City Center to partake in Nashville’s first Open Data Summit, as well as, a weekend hackathon where they developed solutions to civic problems utilizing the recently launched Nashville Metro Government Open Data Portal.

The Open Data Summit on Friday taught crucial concepts around creating, managing and utilizing open data to increase the efficiency of government and citizens interactions, as well as, dove deeply into the launched government datasets and the data portal via an guided walkthrough.

The hackathon kicked off on Saturday morning with over 20 project pitches from a large number of participates being offered to the group. Shortly after teams formed, ideas were combined to make better ones and work started with stops only for food, drink and sleep. Mayor Karl Dean stopped by mid-way through to greet everyone, ask questions and get a glimpse of the immediate fruit his recently signed Open Data Executive Order was producing. Teams were happy to answer any questions and ecstatic to show off the progress they were making. On Sunday night all the different team’s work was presented to the whole group, and a few spectators, with a panel of judges picking award winners at the end.

    The hackathon’s big winners were:
  • Nashplorations:
    App built to help teachers encourage their students to visit historical sites, art installations and enjoy nature.
  • iTNerary:
    Local app, that helps build an itinerary based off provided interests.
  • Sweet Spot:
    Gentrification prediction application using census, city building permit and google.

This year local government not only benefited from the volunteer’s hard work on their projects, but also validated how open data, placed in the right hands, can have a dramatic positive impact on the community, even with the initial modest collection of datasets being available.

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

Congressional Bills Tutorial

A tutorial for interacting with federal legislative data.
github.com/unitedstates/congress
Team: David Gilmore

Discover Nashville

Maps all locations provided in all the datasets provided by the Open Data Portal and allows a user to click through them all for more details.
https://github.com/jameslporter/discover-nashville
Team: Jim Porter, Zachery Costa

Filtergraph Nashville portal

A portal for visualizing Nashville data and looking for patterns in the data
http://filtergraph.vanderbilt.edu/nashville
Team: Dan Burger, Ethan Raymond

FireFinder

App that tells the closet fire station and gives miles and drive time to a provided or geo-location.
https://github.com/natwebb/firefinder
Team: Nat Webb

iTNerary

This is a local app, that helps build an itenrary based off provided interest locations such as public parks, historic markers, bars, bus stops, restaurants and many other.
http://itnerary.chyld.me
https://github.com/chyld/civic-hacking
Team: Chyld Medford, Erin Page, Jay Politzer, Matt Lummus, Kelley Stephens, Samantha Yeargin, Tejas Manohar

MetroCodes

App that takes all code violations, breaks down by month and look into the details of the data.
github.com/jasonamyers/nashvillecodes
Team: Jason A Myers

Nashplorations

App built to help teachers encourage their students to visit historical sites, art instulations and enjoy nature.
Team: Chuck Bryant, Aaron Johnson, Randy Russell, Jason Pullias, Nathan Hood, Richmond Watkins, Amy Flatt, Jeremy Ideus, John Liu, Kaili Liu, Lee Perry, Everitt Perry

NashStories

They library has a lot of information about places around town but wanted to give a way to tell their personal Nashville stories. NashStories is an interactive map for plotting where/what personal stories from citizens and viewing these and the library's stories.
https://nashstories.firebaseapp.com/
https://github.com/jbunting/stories
Team: Jared Bunting, Jacques Woodcock, Beat Zenerino

Play IT safe

Project uses electronic sensors to gather information to create a safety index of public parks and outdoors facilities as well as calculates bonus points if located within a certain distance to a police or fire station.
Team: Frank Jones, Jerry Williams

Sweet Spot

Gentrification prediction application using census, city buildling permit and Google to hight locations on a map where gentrification is occurring.
https://github.com/asejdina/sweetspot
Team: Bob Paterno, Alex Sejdinaj, Courey Elliott, Seth March, Matt Spell, Russell Anderson, Taylor Malone

UndrSrvd

Display council districts color coded by income and allows overlaying of public services to see relationship between service and income.
https://github.com/sjtucker/Hack4Change
Team: Sam Tucker, Nat Webb, Matt Kincos, Max Vance