The City of Seattle is a seriously connected city. So much information flows through the city’s databases, and the city wants to help people innovate applications to use it. And transportation is one of the best practical applications for all this data.
That’s the idea behind Hack the Commute, a three-day hackathon March 20 – 22. Software developers will brainstorm ideas and develop some of them, maybe even into fully functional applications. There are still a few spots open for mentors/experts and visual or UX designers.
If you are not a developer or can’t go, you can submit ideas to the project Reddit. And, of course, you can share them with us in the comments below! I’ll start:
- A bike traffic visual (real-time or sped up) estimating bike trips using the city’s hourly bike count data and perhaps other bike commute and count data.
- More Find It Fix It options, like dangerous stormwater grates, worn-off bike lane and crosswalk paint, missing bike route signage, traffic signals that don’t detect bikes or take too long to change, and on and on…
- A bike/transit combo routing app. What’s the fastest way from A to B using a bike and a bus. As an alternative: A Pronto/transit routing app.
- A map of safe streets low-hanging fruit: Streets with way more/wider lanes than traffic volumes require.
If you want to see the end products, here’s how to do that from Hack the Commute:
Just want to check out the end results? Get your ticket for our demos on Sunday 3/22 at 6:00 pm at hackthecommutedemo.brownpapertickets.com, and please spread the word to your networks. We have room for just 35 additional guests, so we expect these tickets to go quickly.