Karen Harkness of the city of Appleton opened the event with a few details, then introduced Mayor Tim Hanna of the city of Appleton, who did a short hackathon kickoff talk. After the mayor's kickoff, the group watched the Catherine Bracy TED video, "Why Good Hackers Make Good Citizens." We then discussed logistics for the day and broke up into two groups for the ideation sessions.
AppletonAPI and his "Is It Recycle Week?" Android app. The other area of code-focused hacking was GIS, with hacks related to flash flooding, especially in Africa, or hacks related to buses in the Fox Valley.
Below are a few photos of the civic hackers working on their projects during today's hackathon.
|Working on AppletonAPI and "Is It Recycling Week?" Android app|
|Discussing GIS, flash flooding and Python|
|Discussing civic hacks for voting and railroad crossings|
|Pushing Valley Transit bus data into PostgreSQL/PostGIS|
Thanks to the city of Appleton and other sponsors for making today's civic hackathon possible. Tomorrow's post will also include some thoughts about future civic hacking activity in NE Wisconsin.