Google came up with an awesome specification for transit data: GTFS. Many transit agencies publish their schedules as GTFS for Google and other developers to use in transit applications; PATCO does not currently publish theirs as GTFS. This project takes the data from the PATCO PDF schedules, and transforms them into GTFS.
A spin-off from the After School Wiki hackathon project that brings together the largest after school activity organizers in Philadelphia to create an open and central database of after school programming and to make it accessible for Philly's residents.
A decommissioned computer hardware exchange. Linking corporations with non-profits and local schools.
This project will customize the shareabouts crowd source map architecture created by OpenPlans to become a web tool citizens can use to report instances of illegal household short dumping.
So far three people have contributed - David Siah, Patrick Hammons, and Jon Tehrani.
Next steps include loading a geojson data layer of big belly points into leaflet, and creating a buffer to make it easier for users to drop pins on the map.
Stormfighter is a mapping project designed to optimize the Philadelphia Water Department's efforts in mitigating sewer overflow during rainstorms. The project identifies Water Department-installed stormwater mitigation technologies (such as green roofs, tree trenches, and rain barrels) overlaid on a graduated map of the city's permeable surfaces. This provides data on places where permeability is low, but stormwater mitigation technologies are not installed - in other words, places where flooding is most likely to occur.
WE are now seeing the effects of guidance counselor layoffs. The reason for this app is to help with this now emerging problem. Kids with good SATs, good grades…aren't even applying to college now. Read more here http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20140728_Phila__school_budget_cuts_eat_into_college_admissions.html
This project is a collection of data from the Philadelphia Traffic Court using Philadelphia's Open Data request system.
This will release the courts proceedings for all cases including outcome and information on plea bargains. An analysis of this data may show that unfair practices in court proceedings and allow evidence for retrying traffic tickets for anyone in Philadelphia who received a ticket in the past 10 years.
See also: Philadelphia Traffic Court was dissociated for corruption in 2013, so this would assist in defendants' cases.
HELP NEEDED: We are looking for the widest possible audience for this raw data before any conclusions are drawn in order to assist in the statistical analysis.
VoteWise is a cross between OkCupid, Wikipedia, Facebook and Reddit but entirely dedicated to politics. If successful, it can change the face of democracy, and you can help build it.
VoteWise.net is a non-profit non-partisan website aimed at connecting voters and politicians without advertising dollars getting in the way. Right now, politicians have no way of reaching voters without advertising. This means that politicians have to waste a lot of time begging for money instead of doing what they want to do – help the community. This often forces politicians to listen more closely to the people who give them money than they do to the voters. Likewise, with local newspapers failing and space limited, voters have no way to find out what local politicians really want to do- especially for the smaller offices like school board.
VoteWise.net aims to change this by giving politicians a way to get their voice out without any financial backers while voters get to see what their politicians truly think in clear black and white terms. VoteWise.net will help make elections about ideas and not dollars - and the communication doesn’t end there. Voters can continue to express how they want their employees (their politicians) to vote on every subject. Politicians get free polling data so they know what you want in great detail. It’s all absolutely free.
Votewise.net has three sections:
1- A Q&A section where you and the politicians can clearly see how each other thinks. After answering questions, you can also get an OKCupid style matchup.
2- An informational section that has essays explaining the basics of the various issues by showing the logic of the extremes. It also has essays from different interest groups explaining their stance. There is also a politician-to-voter dictionary and links to other useful sites.
3 - A user forum where users can discuss the issues locally or across the nation. The user forum can also be used for local politicians to keep an open dialogue with their constituents and for politicians to debate each other.
A civic project to assist tourists and locals to quickly navigate to quality food experiences.
PGW has committed to releasing a web service that can be queried for real-time and historic information on road closings due to repairs. This project will provide a desktop and/or mobile map of digs with details on their status.
Note: Project in discovery phase.
Street parking dataset for kiosk-metered zones has been requested from Streets department, likely ETA is after July 2014. Intended scope will cover creating a method to parse/manipulate dataset into usable format for API development, then UI development including a map visualization, searchable zone information such as allowed time period, cost per hour, kiosk locations and residential permit areas. Updates will follow when data is available.
Instead of an app, my plan is to create a set of IPython notebooks on how civic hackers can do data science effectively. We are currently experiencing a surge of new data and tools that can help us derive conclusions from the data. Software packages containing methods from Statistics, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence have been open-sourced and available for all to use. Like all tools, however, you have to know how to use these methods effectively. There are other great IPython notebooks out there related to statistics and machine learning, but most of them require some level of advanced mathematical training. Civic hackers who want to use data to solve social problems may be overwhelmed by the prerequisite knowledge necessary to make sense of references usually mentioned by experts and academics. There is also the danger of consulting references that are too simplistic and don’t emphasize good statistical practice. The goal is to fill in that gap; that is, provide a set of IPython notebooks that are rigorous but not mathematically overwhelming. This set of notebooks attempts to go beyond the recent “Big Data” hype and focuses on the social problems we face today. The goal is to provide a resource so that all civic hackers can learn the necessary computational and statistical skills to tackle any social issue when adequate data are available.
If you want to do data science, machine learning, statistics or data visualization for good, this project is for you!
Helpful Skills: Python Data Tools (specifically Numpy, SciPy, Scikit-Learn, Pandas, IPython, StatsModels, Matplotlib, ggplot, etc.), R, d3.js and other statistics/visualization techniques that can be implemented in an IPython notebook.
Helpful Knowledge: Statistics, Machine Learning, Data Visualization, and Ability to communicate statistical/scientific findings to a general audience.
Also, all civic hackers who want to use data visualization and statistics can look at the notebooks and provide comments and suggestions. These notebooks are meant for YOU, hence you are not only welcome, but encouraged, to provide feedback if you feel they can be improved.
Decide the Table of Contents.
Gather helpful references and relevant datasets.
Complete each chapter in a linear fashion. The order of chapters will start with motivations and basic statistics, and will advance in difficulty as the chapters progress.
Disclaimer: Although my interests are in machine learning and statistics, I do not consider myself an expert in either. This project will be a learning experience for me as much as I hope it will be for you.
Current Status: WOEFULLY INCOMPLETE
Short-term goal: Prologue: Complete it.
Chapter 1: Complete Simpson’s Paradox example.
Then post prologue and Chapter 1 in IPython NbViewer.
A meta-project for organizing events and matchmaking to help Philly high-school and college students explore technology through civic projects.
Philly Police Droid
About Philly Police Droid
Philly Police Droid (PPD) is a Android mobile app that updates users on local crime activity in the city of Philadelphia. PPD displays data of the city's crime activity, traffic advisories and unsolved crime video by police district. Also, users are able to set news alerts based on districts in which they're concerned about.
Most of the data is form Philly Police Blog site http://blog.phillypolice.com/feed/ Unsolved Crimes Videos http://www.phillypolice.com/news/unsolved-crime-surveillance-videos
• District Community Meetings Info • District News & Traffic Advisory Info • PSA Officers/Captain Contact Info • Police Crime Videos • News/ Crime Alerts Notification
▪ Notification Screen http://combonation.co/images/ScreenShot1.png ▪ District News http://combonation.co/images/ScreenShot2.png ▪ Unsolved Crime Videos http://combonation.co/images/ScreenShot3.png ▪ Crime New Videos http://combonation.co/images/ScreenShot4.png ▪ District Info http://combonation.co/images/ScreenShot5.png ▪ Main News http://combonation.co/images/ScreenShot6.png
Need help with UI design;
'250 Miles Crossing Philadelphia' will be a location based film in Google Earth: a NavDoc (Navigation Documentary) This NavDoc will consist of synchronized sound recordings and GPS tracks.
We aim to produce a film of 25-40 minutes and an interactive on line presentation of the work.
Examples of our approach can be found on: http://www.polakvanbekkum.com/done/routes-and-landscapes/google-earth-animations/
These examples are now presented as vimeo films, but we plan to present the film online as kml/kmz file directly running in Google Earth via the Google Earth api.
To build the animations, we use our own custom made software. It was changed over time, as it was used for different projects. The latest version of the software can import GPS data, edit it to a certain level, and export kml files that are able to make a animated visualization in Google Earth.
At this moment the software is written in .net framework and runs in Windows. We are looking for team members to help us create/adjusting software for the new project. We are also looking for team members that can work on the front end (interactive website) of the project.
More info on the project and artists:
for contact: Esther Polak/Ivar van Bekkum email@example.com
We organize an informal "Meet & Greet" event on May 29 17:30 and the University City Science Center 3711 MarketStreet, feel welcome to join us for drinks.
A Dashboard that facilitates the exploration process of self through project based learning, challenge fulfillment, research based initiatives, and young professional service learning opportunities. - Primarily For High School Students
We are developing a platform that enables schools to locate profit or non-profit organizations for funding and services, and allows organizations to reach out to schools for donations.
> Building a technology solution that will match potential partners with schools. The goal is to develop a registeration site where partnering organizations will 'register' and tell SDP officials about their projects and describe there services. Schools would also 'register' and share their strategic goals and solicit partnerships in specific program and administrative areas. The web-site would provide a place where information can be exchanged and partnership matches made and tracked by the Office of Strategic Partnerships.
Objective: Design a Web based application, oriented for children, teachers and parents to track the books the kids read, and assess the learning of content and children progress.
Provide teachers and parents tools to assess children reading progress.
Provide class reading groups, where teachers can scope the discussion of books.
Share teacher-created resources for specific books to use in the classroom, to enhance literacy skills, aligned with the curriculum and standards.
Motivate children toward reading, by tracking books and progress, finding books related to their topic of interest, using challenge/rewards.
Provide links to book/authors websites and public library.
A web-based visualization of the budget information released on the School District of Philadelphia's Open Data Initiative page.
Based on D3's Sequences sunburst example.
This project originally was going to start by trying to visualize school budget data. However, the budget data did not contain amounts per school, just for broad-based categories. Instead, we chose to develop a map-based visualization project using test score data which did have details at the school level.
Currently, only a Windows 8 app is being written. It would be nice to have a web-based mapping solution as well.
Mobile app to find nearest upcoming alcoholics anonymous meetings
This project serves as a hub for planning Code for Philly-organized hackathons
uForage Philly is an app for finding street vendors and food trucks in Philadelphia.
Electronic Intern will help the PhillyASAP program maintain their listing of after-school programs in Philadelphia. Instead of having interns spend all summer cold-calling these programs, Electronic Intern will send automated calls that will direct the location to either send in their details by fax, a submit form on the website or press "4" to be directed back to PhillyASAP.
Written in Python, using Twilio's voice API.
Vacant Land Inventory Post for Code for Philly
The Philadelphia Vacant Land Inventory is an ArcGIS-based mapping tool that will be used to document specific characteristics about vacant and underutilized land lots in Philadelphia. Using a set of databases that already exist on a number of criteria (anything from zoning code to shade cover), the goal is to create an online mapping tool for interested parties to identify plots that are suitable for growing food and plants. This will be Phase I of a two-step process in which we will use the first map to identify plots that will need to be ground-truthed for further inspection. We hope to be able to send out teams to do the Phase II on-the-ground work in summer 2014. After the second phase of the project, the Food Policy Advisory Council’s Vacant Land Sub-committee will conduct an analysis of the findings, and present a final report to the FPAC and the Mayor.
We also anticipate potentially integrating this project with GroundedinPhilly.org, to the extent that is feasible and useful. To that end, it is important that all data is using the same unique PARCEL IDENTIFIERS. That may require some conversation, so please be in touch!
The Food Policy Advisory Council of Philadelphia (FPAC) was convened in 2011 to advise Mayor Nutter on policies to improve Philadelphia’s food system. Our mission is to facilitate the development of responsible policies that improve access for Philadelphia residents to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound, and affordable food that is grown locally through environmentally sustainable practices.
The FPAC currently has 6 active sub-committees working on internal Council policies and relevant issue areas: Governance and Membership, Communications and Outreach, Anti-Hunger, Local Food Procurement, Zero Waste, and Vacant Land. The Vacant Land Sub-committee is chaired by FPAC member Amy Laura Cahn at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, which also hosts the Grounded in Philly website. The Vacant Land Sub-committee members who are partners on this project include representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Temple University, the Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Vacant Land Sub-committee Chair
Collaborate data on brown outs and fire incidents in Philadelphia. In the future the trip of the browned out station will be calculated and compared to the responding station in order to find out if the response time was affected by the station brown out.
Brown out: "It is when you take an engine or ladder company out of service temporarily and re-distribute the staff for either training or to fill in personnel gaps in other companies." -http://www.phila.gov/fire/pdfs/Brown-Out_FAQ.pdf
Mapping the change in construction permits over time to see if it indicates neighborhoods in change.
Each year, the Philadelphia Bike Coalition oversees an army of volunteers to collect bike ridership data across the city of Philadelphia. Today, the data collection and data analysis processes are all completed with the use of pen, paper, and lots of data entry!
We want to help.
Instead of using paper forms, we want to provide bike volunteers with a mobile-ready website (or hybrid native app) and database to support tracking, submitting, and analyzing survey data.
The goal is to have this new system tested and ready in time for the Bike Coalition’s 2014 Bike Count.
Original Idea Submission by John and Nick via Apps 4 Transit Hackathon Site can be found here:
I own the domain name www.SmallBizPhilly.com. My goal is to turn this into a social networking website for small business owners in the Philadelphia area. I would like for this to be an online resource similar to this: www.biznik.com. I am a writer but not the type that writes code. I am the journalism/creative writer type and am looking for a techie that knows back-end development with a specialized knowledge of PHP and hand-coding from scratch. If anyone gets involved with my project not only will I give you a stake in my company and a life-time of free advertising on the front-page, but I will generously write a nice story about your small business on my blog. You can contact me via the following:
Phone: 215-821-7548 email:firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @SmallBizPhilly Facebook.com/SmallBizPhilly
GateKeeper is a web application designed to sit between internal API endpoints and public users, acting as a proxy. It provides a central facility for logging, analyzing, rate-limiting, and credentialing access.
OpenAccessPhilly is a movement of civic-minded, innovative, entrepreneurial types who convene monthly to share projects and passion. Check out our website for more info: www.openaccessphilly.com
Support projects, programs & people in these areas
Civic fusion occurs when initiatives in the civic space are seamless, successful, and sustainable
Getting people out of their vertical and horizontal! Lowering barriers to participation
The description below is being kept around so that this page has something helpful for new folks to read about, but it might not be up to date. Click over to our Github project and check out the readme and other docs there to see the current state of the project.
The Office of HIV Planning (OHP) writes an annual epidemiologic profile (or "epi" profile) of Philadelphia and eight surrounding counties. This document includes 219 tables on everything from race/ethnicity to drug use to poverty to HIV/AIDS. This document has always been designed for print, which means that OHP staff select limited data for presentation. OHP would like to provide the public with access to the full data sets used in developing the epi profile, beginning by uploading the source files to the web. In the long run, we hope this repository could be made useful for other public-health data beyond OHP's needs.
The Office of HIV Planning uses hundreds of data sources from various sources (nonprofits, government agencies, etc) to produce an annual report (the Epidemiological Profile). At present, the only easily-available form of any of that data is the Epi Profile itself. The actual spreadsheets, PDFs, etc that went into the Epi Profile aren’t easily accessible from the outside.
For example, a nonprofit organization looking for data about a particular population in order to write a grant proposal to help that population might have to flip through the Epi Profile by hand, fine a useful table that might be relevant to them, and then copy it manually or contact OHP for the original.
The original documents are named & located inconsistently and it may not be trivial for OHP staff to locate; providing a database repository of these files would be useful both to external organizations as well as OHP's own staff.
People who will/might use the repository include:
Public Health nonprofits
The General Public
(Please keep in mind this is hyper-early stuff, and may change rapidly)
A website (Ruby on Rails?) that users can visit and search for data that matches various search criteria such as geography, demographics studied, etc - see below for a list of proposed metadata. Each document will have a set of metadata (see below) as well as links to one or more files to contain that data. Access to the data is public; the ability to upload or alter database contents will be limited to OHP staff and, potentially, additional trusted users. In addition, each document should have a unique permanent URL that can be referenced in the Epi Profile - so that below a given table, for example, there might be “Original data available at hivphilly.org/datarepo/987654321/.”
The files we’re trying to make available come in many different formats and cover many different types of data. Some are raw survey data; some are heavily processed statistics.
In addition, the presentation of each file is usually optimized for human readability, so we’d need some pretty complex processing to ‘extract’ the information from each one - and that logic might not carry over to the next file, which is formatted very differently. It would be cool if we could start turning some of these files into standardized formats for easier machine processing - ie, to build an API for public health data - but that problem gets messy fast, because the data here is so heterogenious in every way, we’re not going to worry about that… yet. First we make the data available, then we can worry about making it easier to work with.
SEPTA Regional Rail Independent On-Time Performance Report These reports use the actual arrival time of each train over several years to recommend schedule changes for chronically late service. Reports created by William Entriken (not affiliated with SEPTA). Also see SEPTA's less detailed official OTP reports.
Note: this project is heavy on data manipulation and coding.
I set up demo to see if PostGIS could pull crimes that are nearest Septa regional rail stations and heat map them with Leaflet and heatmap.js. It went a little viral indicating a demand for stuff like this:
and trashed by philebrity for having no context what so ever.
The Problem: In many cities, there is no centralized information repository to serve the immediate needs of the homeless and hungry. In Philadelphia, for example, there are 40 shelters and 4 intake centers, and an unknown number of organizations that provide food — real-time communication between them is minimal to non-existent. As a consequence, there is no easy and accurate way to guide people in need to available shelters and meals.
The Goal: To quickly and accurately guide persons in need to closest available and open food and shelter resources.
The Solution: A mobile-friendly web app, an SMS-based service, and an Android mobile app that provide information to guide individuals to an intake center, a place where meals can be accessed, and a place to sleep for the night.
The app is targeted toward agencies, individuals serving people in need, and the public. Shelters often cater to specific demographic groups: - Single men - Single women - Families - Those with special needs (ex. physical abuse, substance abuse, mental health illness)
Currently there is no way to gauge real-time availability of food and shelter services for these disparate groups. The Philly Sheltr Project establishes consolidated baseline information (service availability), contact for intake centers, and specific instructions to access resources.
Note: this project is heavy on data manipulation and programming.
Whathood aims to settle the neighborhood border debate for all time by aggregating neighborhood borders drawn by users into heatmaps showing the "identity" of a location.
Zend Framework 2
store heatmaps as geometries instead of text
create neighborhood polygons from heatmap points using PostGIS' Concave Hull function
load geoJson for all other possible metropolitan areas
cleanup user experience
Create a developer API to serve up neighborhood given an address
Get Google, Foursquare, Yelp, and real estate sites to use published shapefiles
We are building a network of community advocates in neighborhoods, community centers and churches. This process will provide personal, one-on-one "real needs" counseling and "match making" of needs to resources to help people find the social supports and material connections needed to make everyday living more productive and less difficult.
This project will encourage key people in every community to LISTEN to their neighbors, use and teach data tools and web sites to RECORD useful information, and help people CONNECT with each other when appropriate.
We are working to build an Internet connected system that will allow the key people to work together by recording and sharing appropriate information about needs, services and interests of the people they serve.
Existing information and communication services support individuals to connect with each other and to find and use information services for THEMSELVES. What we are proposing to do is to empower people we are calling community or information advocates to act as intermediaries between OTHER people who can't or don't have time to use the Internet for themselves. Community advocates are people who help other people and might be thought of as librarians for the community, match makers, or social media instructors for their community.
Please consider joining this project to help build the Internet tools that will allow the community advocates to work together. As envisioned, the service we want to build will allow the community advocates to list and share the needs, resources and interests of their clients in a way that will provide for both "getting the word out" and maintaining appropriate privacy for the client community.
For more info see the Information Advocates Notebook from the http://CommunityMagic.org main page or contact Stan Pokras <email@example.com> 267-968-0407
MilkCrate is the digital hub for Philadelphia's local sustainable economy. We have almost 2,000 local sustainable businesses and resources in our database. We plan to grow to every city in the country.
Connecting our values with our behaviors begins by building awareness around how our everyday choices play a crucial role in creating the sort of future we all hope to have- more equitable, sustainable, and beautiful.
With the sustainability community at your fingertips, you can make choices that are aligned with the future we all want to create.
The entire city is our free botanic garden!
Use PlantSwapr to offer and find plants to swap with others near you. Post a photo, write a blurb, make a wishlist, check the map, and get swapping!
MVP below: 1. Swaprs login with Facebook or email. 2. Swaprs create profile, inputting their nearby cross street for semi-anonymous mapping. 3. Swaprs post offers of their surplus plants, seeds, bulbs, scion wood & rootstock. 4. Swaprs search others' listings for specific plants. 5. Swaprs browse a map of offers from gardeners nearby. 6. Swaprs use private messages to inquire and set up swaps. 7. Swaprs share pictures of their offers to boost swaps.
Bonus Features 8. Swaprs can search map within 5 miles, 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, unlimited 9. Swaprs create a wishlist of plants they'd love to receive in rs rank planttted
PHL Map of Shame is a citizen-led project to map the impact of the School Reform Commission’s “doomsday budget” on students and parents. We will visualize complaints filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The Pennsylvania state constitution says that students must be provided with a “thorough and efficient system of public education.” If children are being denied educational services, parents, and others with first-hand knowledge of the situation, have the right to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Secretary of Education has a responsibility to investigate complaints and correct any deficiencies (22 Pa. Code § 4.81).
The interactive map will empower parents to make informed decisions about their children’s education and hold officials accountable.
Using open data and crowd sourcing our mission is to make Philadelphia a more accessible city that welcomes and embraces people of all ages and abilities.
We are doing our best to ensure that our meetup spaces are wheelchair accessible. CityCoho is completely wheelchair accessible including the restrooms; Devnuts' entrance is wheelchair accessible and the restroom is large and on the same level, but there are no grab bars. The seating at both spaces is wheelchair friendly.
We also regularly meet online and at other spaces throughout the week.
The following skills are valued by the project.
REST with Ruby/Sinatra
Get Cameras By roadid
Get Cameras By Lat Lng
Get All Cameras
"Google Earth for Philadelphia" with open source and open transit data.
Live demo: http://www.openphillyglobe.org/
Real-Time SEPTA locations and average weekday pedestrian activity at Philadelphia street corners in August 2013.
There is a great open-data movement in Philadelphia, but there is not a one-stop viewer for the heterogeneous datasets. OpenPhillyGlobe is an open-source web-based 3D globe for visualizing Philly's open data with an initial focus on simultaneously visualizing multiple transit layers.
OpenPhillyGlobe uses the Apache 2.0 license. It is free for commercial and non-commercial use.
Original Idea: http://studiocns.org/enterreturn/
To see the underlying resource data, look at the networkofcare_lat_lng.csv within the /data folder.
Apps for Philly Transit Hackathon!
We want to use Census LED data to analyze where people in Philadelphia live and commute to work.
I'll be using the Bike Theft Data to make an interactive web map, which will hopefully animate to show seasonal and/or hourly patterns in the data.
There was a major error with the originally posted project. When manipulating the dataset in Excel, I sorted by date, which usually sorts all columns, but for some reason lat and lon remained fixed. The data was originally sorted by precinct and then date, which explains why the data appeared isolated to individual neighborhoods.
I was skeptical of the data, but it seemed to "smooth out" further into the animation.
Thanks to Casey Thomas for spotting the error.
How long does it take to walk or take public transit to the nearest public school throughout the city? How has that changed, city-wide, after the recent public school closings?
Let's build an interactive map that visualizes travel time to the closest public school — with options to show the map with the data from before the closing, after the closing, or allow the user to build their own map by interactively closing or opening existing schools.
The Clean Air Council's Open Climate Tracker is an open-hardware, mobile sensor platform that is designed to gather data over large areas and connect that data to the internet through its built-in mobile mesh network. The goal of the project is to gather city-wide data pertaining to Climate Change and pollution and combine that data with with open databases such as OpenTreeMaps to quantify the effects of tree cover in the city over time. This will allow researchers to quantify the real economic and environmental value to each tree planted. The data will also be opened up to developers who want to include pollution and heat levels in real time to users, thereby helping people know when pollution levels are too high in an area to go outside. The project started at Code for America's hackathon in September 2013, and in addition to support from the Clean Air Council, has tentative support from SEPTA and the EPA. The initial stage of the project was to build an open hardware platform with the specs to handle multi-tasking (measuring, GPS, datalogging, and communication). This step was completed in February 2014. The next step is to develop a set of prototypes to deploy them on city buses and start gathering data across the city over the whole day. This will be the first time that this quantity and resolution of data will be gathered at the city level. This technology can be implemented in rural areas where lone sensors can be placed and data can be harvest by driving or biking by a sensor and uploaded. This will reduce the operational costs of remote sensors tremendously, allowing for researchers to gather more data per dollar spent.
I'd like to develop a service that can send SMS, email or maybe Twitter messages on updates to Philly trains and flights that users can subscribe to. The service would be open to other apps to so they could add message notifications without building it themselves. Think sending a POST to this service which takes the rest from there. The app would also have a front-end that would allow you to search for a flight or train and then subscribe.
I'd like to write the backend in Node on Amazon Web Services, need help writing the front-end. Definitely doable in a weekend!
If there are other apps that could use this service, get at me and let's talk about tailoring it to your needs.
UPDATE: Not working on this during the Transit hackathon, but thinking about getting back to it in the future.
A mobile web app by OpenPlans to support the outreach work of the PhillyRising collaborative. PhillyRising targets neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life concerns, and establishes partnerships with community members to address these issues. The PhillyRising Team coordinates the actions of City agencies to help neighbors realize their vision for their community through sustainable, responsive, and cost-effective solutions. Read more at phila.gov/phillyrising.
In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project.
Here are some ways you can contribute:
Do the usual:
pip install -r requirements.txt ./manage.py syncdb ./manage.py migrate cp local_settings.py.template local_settings.py cd website
Do the bower install in both the
cd myphillyrising/static bower install cd ../.. cd alexander/static bower install cd ../..
Load the neighborhoods and tags:
./manage.py loaddata fixtures/phillyrising_neighborhoods.json
Load some content items:
./manage.py runserver # Run this in one terminal ./manage.py celeryd # Run this in another terminal
http://localhost:8000/admin and add a feed or two. Click the Refresh button next to each feed to import the data. Give it a minute (you should see database activity scrolling by in your
celeryd terminal as the content items are loading).
Hello PHL Hackers:
We are working to see how innovations are created and spread through hackathon competitions. We're curious to know how designers and developers can produce software/websites given the time restriction, with the focus on technological enablers such as gits and APIs.
We're looking for some hackers to help us understand these innovation dynamics.
Here's the link to the website for potential interview subjects & a mini-survey.
Hackers and Civic Innovators Invited! - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HydauEeMzWMvFqKUPmrqqKKr4RCB8ght1aZqwkHTNbI/edit
We'd appreciate you passing this out and along to whoever you think appropriate. Thanks!
Nicole, Youngjin and Yuriy
We're creating a new social media app (native and web) to make it easier for anyone to show off their talent and succeed in life. If you're interested hit me up @ firstname.lastname@example.org (don't judge our website, it's slow and intentionally stealthy right now - but we think you'll like the app - or maybe not).
We have a cool small team in center city Phila and are looking for a few more cool people to join up. Ambitious, cool, hardworking, easy going, are some of the most important things, and other helpful stuff is:
iOS Developer Opening(s): Skills that are required: - Experience developing for iOS (working with Xcode, objective-C, etc..) Skills that are desired: - Experience working on something big, integrating APIs and SDKs, git, node.js Other beneficial skills: - Experience building web interfaces, using MySQL, working with photo/video
Backend Developer Opening(s):
Skills that are required:
- Extensive experience with one of or both of MySQL and node.js, particularly looking for a candidate strong in MySQL/relational databases. Solid understand of Web Architecture.
Skills that are desired:
- Experience working with problems of scale, on something big, and using git. Willingness to dive into the front end as work arises.
Other beneficial skills: - Android or iOS experience. Web interface experience.
I am interested in developing a smartphone-based project to collect voluntary data on cyclists' bike route preferences.
The goal is to promote the app during a two to four week window where city or regional bicyclists would be encouraged to download and use the app to track their biking habits. The route data would be linked to a webmapping viewer that would allow users to the recorded routes and bike patterns of of all participants in realtime (users get fun instant feedback, we get great—if self-selected—data in the aggregate).
The data generated would supplement the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's existing demographic data, and help us understand from a network perspective how bicyclists move through the city – and provide another data resource to help prioritize improvements.
The city of Austin has done this exact project and it was very effective. I am looking to do the same for Philadelphia. Here is the documentation from Austin:
Source Code from Austin app:
A mobile webapp powered by Sencha Touch for browsing Philly's open school data
A campaign website for promoting and collecting data about after-school programs in Philadelphia, and a mobile webapp based on Sencha Touch for finding programs from mobile web browsers or as a Philly 311 app widget.
There is a huge opportunity to provide an awesome summer program for high school students through a grant with the Digital Media and Learning competition. I have a dream of pulling more HS students into the Code for Philly brigade with the idea of even building a student brigade chapter.
If anyone is interested in supporting some summer programming with HS students, the grant is due on June 10th. My thought is to run a hackathon with HS students who attend Code for Philly meetups over the summer, but maybe you have a better idea?
More info on the grant here: http://dmlcompetition.net/summer-youth-programming/summer-youth-programming-competition. I am more than happy to do most of the grant writing, but I need a team!
I cannot make the June 4th meetup due to a prior engagement, but feel free to reach out if you are interested on Twitter: @mbteach
Widget for Philly311 mobile app that displays trash and recycling collection days for a given location.
All That Philly Jazz is a digital history project at the intersection of technology, art and civic engagement. We are mapping Philadelphia’s rich jazz heritage, including historic places, events and markers, Walk of Fame plaques and murals. The images will be contextualized with data from, among other sources, Echo Nest and Rdio.
Much of Philadelphia’s jazz legacy has disappeared. Jazz spots fell victim to the 1964 riots in North Philly, urban renewal and urban removal. To preserve Philly's jazz history for future generations and build new audiences for America's unique art form, the project will be crowdsourced. Jazz enthusiasts in Philly and anywhere in the world are invited to share their stories and photos of Philadelphia's jazz scene back in the day.
All That Philly Jazz is about community empowerment. Through technology and oral histories, Philly’s vacant lots and abandoned buildings will be re-imagined. We will breathe life into legendary jazz clubs like the Show Boat, Pep’s, Blue Note, Up Jump the Devil, Fantasy Lounge, Jewel’s, and joints along 52nd Street, aka “The Strip,” and North Philly's "Miracle Mile."
All That Philly Jazz stems from Music Hack, a music-related hackathon held at Drexel’s ExCITe Center.
A way to help revitalize, renew, and reclaim Philadelphia's abandoned properties. Reclaim Philly is a vacant property tracking application. It mixes crowdsourced knowledge and public data to create a more complete picture of adandoned property in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
Research, and common sense, indicate that early childhood is a pivotal time for creating the foundation for success in future learning. Did you know that only 7% of early childhood education centers in the city are considered "high quality" by the state's Keystone STARS rating system? And, consequentially, that only a small fraction of Philadelphia's children have access to an quality early childhood education setting?
This mapping project is a tool that will be used to reveal to City Council the state of early childhood education in each district, as part of an effort to mobilize resources to expand access to quality slots. We also hope to develop this map as a resource for parents seeking information on early childhood education centers, providing information on the location and quality ratings of programs.
Philadelphia for Early Childhood Education - P.E.C.E. - is a collaboration of parents, grandparents, teachers, providers and advocacy groups. Our purpose is to organize the community to work with public institutions to support increasing resources to quality early childhood education for all of Philadelphia’s children.
Philly City Council Legislative Subscription Service.
Find political districts for any SEPTA route.
Philly Phlash App is a mobile app for the Philly Phlash trolley. Phlash is the trolley services managed by Independence Visitor Center (http://www.phlvisitorcenter.com/) that runs between May - October. Phlash is a tourism trolley that covers all Philadelphia vacation spots from the Independence Hall to Philly Zoo. This app is the extension septa.mobi project. A must have mobile app for Philly people: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2013/09/19/28-mobile-apps-philadelphian-iphone-android/
A simple LAMP-based REST API for Philadelphia School District data.
With summer school eliminated, provide parents and students access to a comprehensive list of credit recovery and extracurricular options based on location.
Leveraging the use of wikidelphia which is built using local wiki to list programs/activities for after school programs. Please visit http://wikidelphia.phillyopen.org to see or add programs.
The GreenSTEM Network is an open source, Arduino-powered urban sensor network developed by a group of civic-minded Philly hackers in collaboration with the Philadelphia Water Department. It collects data from the urban environment (such as sunlight levels and soil moisture), and can be expanded as new sensors are developed.
The primary goal of the GreenSTEM Network is to enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education through data visualizations, student engagement, and opportunities for data analysis and critical thinking. A secondary goal of the GreenSTEM Network is to become a source of environmental data that can be used by city government officials to make better infrastructure and environmental policy decisions.
The School District of Philadelphia posts budgets for their schools on their website. However, this data is in PDF format and therefore cannot be easily used by developers and others interested in examining the budgets of schools in a programmatic fashion.
This project aims to do 2 things. First, convert the budgets to a RESTful API for others to use. Second, to visualize the budget data in a meaningful way for the community.
We have finished most of the work on the API. The API is available at (PhillySchools.Info)[http://phillyschools.info] where a description of the API and available data is provided. Additionally, the code used to generate the data which the API serves up is available on (github)[https://github.com/philasdbudget/philasdbudget].
Producing visualizations is a continuing process. An interactive map and bar chart are currently being worked and can be seen in the repository.
A PHP- and NodeJS- development and deployment environment for Web 3.0
Note: May 28th, 2013 - Deleted Developer URL since it gave Error404 message.
App Image: Carpe Noctem (Picture of a Wolf Howling at the Moon)
Goal: Make it the Yelp.com for Parties and Events within Philadelphia, PA.
Google Maps: Google Maps can be used to pin point the parties by the day that they occur. There should be a filter on the map that allows you to show only the day, the week, or the whole month, and filter via neighborhood.
Nightlife is a mobile app and web app for partying in Philadelphia, PA.
Ideas for Night Life Website: -Businesses in Philadelphia create a profile and add all of their single and recoccuring events.
Ideas for Night Life Mobile: -Users create a profile and upload events. -Must have a picture of where the event is occuring. -Must have a readable address. -Must have a contact number or e-mail address.
Adding Event Information:
*Type of Party: -House Party -Sex Party -Gaming Party -Bar -Restaurant -Club -Club, Restaurant, and Bar -Club, Bar
*Age Restrictions such as 18+ or 21+
*Style Dress Code: Jeans and a T-Shirts, Formal Dress Attire, Pajamas, Punk Attire, Leather, Bathing Suit (Add a field called "Other Dress Code", and have it be a conditional radio button that prompts a 200 character text book)
*Connect / Integrate with Facebook Logon
*Integrate with Google Calendar / Microsoft Outook file formats.
*Add a neighborhood section to filter by certain areas of the city.
Convert GTFS to Sqlite, losslessly*
Ajmal Ahmady Lloyd Emelle
A way for Philadelphians to discover stops/stop times close to their location, and to keep tabs on their favorite routes/stops. First on iOS, then perhaps on Droid. Then.. Windows Phone.
A collection of documents, tools and articles on how to create and manage single purpose servers.
Cite Club is an attempt to incentivize and streamline the process of fixing  tags on Wikipedia entries.
It works by streamlining the process of finding facts that require citations and generating the proper code/markup to cite those facts.
The basic steps are as follows:
The user clicks on a big, shiny, inviting button
The app searches Wikipedia for a citation needed tag in a Wikipedia article
The user is presented with the specific sentence that has the citation needed tag (along with other text above and below it, intending to provide context to the user
The user clicks on a "skip it!" or "cite it!" link, which either opens a new fact, or (if the user wants to research and cite this fact), opens a form designed to make entering a citation as easy as possible.
The system checks the users' information in a rudimentary manner (for example, if the user enters a blogspot.com website for a citation, the system might ask "Blogs are not typically reliable sources of information. Make sure your site is trustworthy!")
The user clicks submit, the app makes the changes to the page, and the citation is added!
Mentions would be a new object in the AppsForPhilly database that tracks URLs for News stories, blog posts, notable tweets, etc that mention an app in the catalog. Another object, AppMentions, will link apps with their mentions.
The site you're looking at right now
tokenFinder is a mobile-friendly site that does precisely one thing: tells you where you can find Septa tokens (within a few miles).
Live version can be found at http://tokenfinder.org
Septa token locations are pulled from the excellent Septa API: http://www3.septa.org/hackathon/
Feel free to send feedback to mashematician [at] gmail dot com.
An Open Trip Planner install loaded with transit data from SEPTA, NJ Transit, PATCO, Delaware First State, PATH, and NYC MTA, For the Greater Good (and also trip planning and transit accessibility analysis). Open Trip Planner can also route walking and bicycling trips.
A LocalWiki for Philadelphia.
LocalWiki is a new open-source system for creating geographically-rooted wiki sites. Unlike MediaWiki, LocalWiki provides a visual editor for pages and represents every entry with both a page and a map.
Wikipedia is a natural first-choice for a place to post Wiki-content, but Wikipedia is an international encyclopedia with a "notability requirement" designed to keep people restrict content to things interesting to a critical mass of people. By creating a wiki with a scope narrowed to Philadelphia, we don't need a notability requirement to keep the content manageable and can give small entities and hyperlocal content a place to be shared.
Wikidelphia.org is a relatively old site running MediaWiki, the same software powering Wikipedia. MediaWiki is a difficult system to manage though and had to be closed from public editing to subdue spammers. We hope that LocalWiki can replace MediaWiki and be harder to exploit, easier to manage, and attract more citizen contributors.
New LocalWiki staging URL: http://beta.wikidelphia.org Old MediaWiki live URL: http://wikidelphia.org
Our goal is to build a critical mass of content at the staging URL and then launch the LocalWiki to the live URL, replacing the existing but derelict MediaWiki-powered website.