It's official: Miami will be participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking! Let's use this page on the Wiki as a planning resource that anyone can edit! (Eat your own dog food!)
Time & Location
- June 1-2, 2013 at The LAB Miami
- The national goal of National Day of Civic Hacking: To "bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs across the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country.""
- All developers registered to the Eventbrite sign-up will get $100 worth of Amazon Web Services.
The Miami Wiki write-a-thon
Summary: The thought of programming stresses you out? No problem! We're also starting a write-a-thon to transform this website to a usable resource for citizens of Miami and beyond, and Ernie and Rebekah will be around to help you out if you're confused as to how it works! Sign up for a shift to work on the write-a-thon through this Google document.
Universal Submission of Problem reports.
Summary: The Miami-Dade 311 Answer Center currently accepts reports of neighborhood problems (graffiti, lights out, code violations, stray dogs, etc.) by phone and from its web portal miamidade.gov. It also accepts a handful of service request types through an aging iPhone app, and a Blackberry mobile app. Users of Android, or users of the newer iPhone OS don't have access to submit problem reports while on the go. This is a substantial inconvenience since most residents might forget about the issue they encountered when they get home, or get access a PC. Users should be able to access 311 from many different platforms, devices and channels. More universal access to the problem reporting features will increase the quality of life in Miami-Dade County. How can we make it easier for citizens to submit issues via mobile devices?
Visualization of Service Request Data
Summary: Data on hundreds of thousands of 311 service requests and neighborhood issues is currently available for analysis and visualization. While there are standard reports, charts and graphs that outline general trends in this data, there is still a lot to explore in order to reveal relationships with other datasets - demographic, economic, housing, transportation/transit, environmental, crime statistics, etc. Can you come up with ways to creatively re-use 311 data? To display and use these data in a meaningful way either to generate explanatory models or to be of practical utility to residents?
Challenge question for code2sustain
Using sustainability data, create data visualizations or interactive apps to see and understand how social and environmental trends, including demographics, transit and environmental factors are changing from Martin to Monroe Counties.
Hackathon Strategies (and possible judging criteria for the national competition)
From the team at Intel Research: Here is some design criteria that our research has identified as valuable guidelines for thinking through challenges starting with an individual in a community and the stakeholders and data resources around them:
Successful projects should consider these criteria:
- Addressing a significant challenge to individuals in the community
- Combining personal and open data to create new or unanticipated value
- Value flowing to multiple stakeholders around the civic challenge
- Exemplifies the WeTheData (www.WeTheData.org) design principles: data literacy, digital trust, data openness, digital infrastructure
Also, here are five personas that exemplify how these design criteria can be utilized in various contexts. We hope they are useful to you in thinking through the challenges most important to you.
- NDoCH - Air Quality Persona.pdf
- NDoCH - Challenge Design Principles.pdf
- NDoCH - Education Persona.pdf
- NDoCH - Senior Persona.pdf
- NDoCH - Single Mom Persona.pdf
- NDoCH - Transportation Persona.pdf
- National Day of Civic Hacking Page - Hack for Change: Miami - Arts & More
- Sign-up on the Eventbrite page - http://hackformiami.eventbrite.com/
- Code for Miami MeetUp group (Miami Civic Hacking Brigade) - www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/
- Open Data Hackathon How To Guide