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Modus Prototyping

Modus-Keystone is an augmented reality game to learn about Pennsylvania's rich historical sites. Participants earn crypto currency for reaching new historical landmarks and for solving puzzles associated with each destination.

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PhillyDirections Commenting

PhillyDirections

description

directions with landmarks

what does the project aim to achieve?

Give folks in Philly a easy way to navigate around using public transit, and use landmarks as a point of reference to help them navigate.

What will this application do?

  • User enters start and end point
  • Application returns directions with landmarks via transit, walking or bike

What else might be useful for this application?

  • Ability to save directions
  • Ability to save landmarks
  • Ability to view more information about a landmark
  • Ability for user to submit…
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Philly Transpo Art Prototyping

About

A view of the [select] modes of transport, revealed by activation, to illustrate the levels/amount/rate of movement across the city.

Bike share pods flash when the number of bikes available changes (currently 15 minute intervals) Rail stations change with frequency of service during 15 minute windows (radius changes for heavy rail, opacity changes for light rail) Bus routes traced by shooters (eventually will glow more heavily based on bus frequency) See @karaml's project pitch here.

Data

Quasi-realtime data from the…

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Septa Ninja Testing

  • Real time and accessibility problems can take time to reach SEPTA control center
  • Riders have ability to share issues quicker than workers can
  • Mimic and improve Boston’s civic transit app - http://mbta.ninja
  • Create a "Waze-like" app for train issues that can reach riders in real time

Get set up - see our README page

For details of features/bugs you can work on go to Github issues

Here is the [Google docs…

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PATCO GTFS Maintaining

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.

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Philly Bike Coalition Survey App Maintaining

Project Summary

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 the Bike Coalition (and any future users) spend less time with data management grunt work so that they can spend more time using the data!

Instead of using paper forms, we aim to provide a digital solution allowing survey volunteers to collect data with a mobile-ready website (or hybrid…

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SEPTA Train Schedule Analyzer Maintaining

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.

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Unlock Philly Maintaining

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 "building with, not for" and doing our best to ensure that our meetup spaces and tools are 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.

An accessible website/app is our number one priority. We value all contributions that…

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Enter/Return Commenting

Original Idea: http://studiocns.org/enterreturn/

To see the underlying resource data, look at the networkofcare_lat_lng.csv within the /data folder.

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Public School Accessibility Commenting

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.

This will both demonstrate how open data can be used to generate a basic "accessibility" analysis and demonstrate one of the uses of the new…

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Real-time Transit Notifications Hibernating

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…

Bike Route Tracker (CyclePhilly) Maintaining

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-selectedâ data in the aggregate).

The data generated would supplement the Delaware…

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Philly Phlash App Commenting

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/

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NextStop Commenting

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.

tokenFinder Maintaining

tokenFinder

Find Septa tokens when you're on the go

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/

In the event that you want to manually enter an address, geolocation is handled by [Google Maps] (https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/reference). Otherwise, automatic geolocation is handled by the…

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OpenTripPlanner Maintaining

A deployment of the OpenTripPlanner multi-modal trip planning tool. Loaded with transit data for agencies in PA, NJ, NY, CT, and DE. Useful for trip planning and transit accessibility analysis.

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