Congratulations Hackathon Teams!

This past weekend (Jan 20-21) was monumental. The City & County of Honolulu held its first Hackathon aimed at building applications around City data. We had approximately 40 people participate with 6 teams presenting their prototypes. I want to personally thank all the people who spent their precious time to help made the first City Hackathon a resounding success.

Also a big Mahalo goes out to our judges who had the tough job of selecting winners:

  • Doug Chin – Managing Director of C&C Honolulu
  • Kiman Wong – General Manager, Wireless at Oceanic Time Warner Cable
  • Royce Jones – Regional Manager, ESRI
  • Gordon Bruce – CIO, C&C Honolulu
  • Yasmin Dar – Social Media Reporter, KITV 4

Although we did select 3 teams to be winners of cash prizes, all the teams did an excellent job. We encourage them all to keep working on their apps and get them into the marketplace. In the coming weeks stay tuned for more activities to build upon this environment for collaboration and open data.

Let me introduce the teams:

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1st Place: AJ Team – A Bus App that runs on the iPhone that shows bus locations.
Jane Zeng
Andy Yip

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2nd Place: RoadPuka.com – An app that lets you take pictures of pot holes and report them.
Marcos Nobre
Julie Sakuda
James Wang

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3rd Place: Allb.us – A bus app that provides location data and time of arrival for Da Bus.
Ian Kitajima
Ryan Kanno (not in photo)

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Geo Tracker – An app that shows road construction in a user specified area.
Aaron King
Edward Kim
Jason Axelson

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HI Park – An app that shows parking lots on O’ahu.
Gregory Burgess
George Lee

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Outdoors Hawaii – An app that shows all the park, beach and outdoor venues in Hawaii.
Tony Gaskell
Marifel Barbasa
Russell Vea
Jordan Takayama
Lori Nakamoto

CityCampHNL Hackathon Agenda

We are less than a week away from the CityCampHNL Hackathon and the teams are forming their development strategies. Here is how the days will unfold:

Friday Jan 20th
5:00 pm – Sign In, Team name, lead and members
5:15 pm – Kick Off: Brief announcements
5:30 pm – Competition Begins
9:00 pm – Close down McCoy Pavilion

Saturday Jan 21st
7:00 am – McCoy Pavilion opens
11:30am – Break for lunch
2:00 pm – Call to wrap up projects
2:30 – 4:15pm Group Presentations 10 mins w/ 5 min Q/A
4::15 – 4:30 pm Judges Render Decisions
4:30 pm – Award Ceremony

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there. If you haven’t yet registered there is still time.

CityCampHNL Hackathon Rules

We’ve been asked the question: What are the rules for the hackathon and what will the judging be based on? Granted as we try to objectify a process that is somewhat subjective we may not please everyone. These rules are meant to be inclusive and provide the means for broad participation:

  • Apps need to have some connection to Hawaii.
  • Apps can be based on open source software from other cities but need to be customized for Hawaii.
  • Teams can be from anywhere but need to present at CityCampHNL Hackathon to qualify for prizes.
  • Teams can be individuals, company employees, City employees or a combination thereof.
  • Teams can form now (i.e. immediately), before the hackathon event.
  • Work on applications and ideas can start now but will conclude at 3:00pm on Jan. 21, 2012.
  • There is no restriction on team size, but teams need to be clear who is on their team.
  • If code used is open source it should be made available to the open source community.
  • If code is 100% proprietary to the team it can remain proprietary.
  • Mobile apps, web apps, APIs and idea strategies (e.g. work on API ordnance) will be judged equally.
  • Mashups with external webservices (like Flickr, Google Maps, etc) are allowed.
  • Teams will have 10 minutes to present their apps.
  • Judging will be based working prototype, user interface, depth of concept, impact of application.

For those concerned about prize money. The prize money is from CityCampHNL sponsors. The City & County of Honolulu is not involved with any financial transaction between CityCampHNL and the respective teams nor has any financial responsibility with any potential awardees.

As always we welcome your comments and suggestions. Most of all we encourage your ongoing participation. Mahalo!

Thoughts on hack-a-thon

I’m having a hard time figuring out what kind of data would be interesting (and available) for developers. Honestly I think its going to take a little more time to get feedback from the public (we haven’t received any specific requests) and also get directors thinking what kind of data would be valuable to put out there. I’ve learned that you have to show them an actual app for them to think about what they could be sitting on.

Have you checked out the San Francisco data page? This might be a good place to get ideas of what people could use. http://datasf.org/ If you could take a look and give me ideas I could start hunting it down.

There are a number of app ideas that are citizen focused but doesn’t necessarily need city data sets. Re-route if for example could be done with Honolulu information.

I really would like to see someone use the code from this Open 211 project that Code for America did. There is a lot of documentation and the our office of Community Service would be game to help out with info http://open211.org/#developers https://github.com/open211/redirectory

“Change by us” just opened up their code. https://github.com/localprojects/Change-By-Us Their site is a way to share ideas on making neighborhoods and communities better. Here is whay NY’s site looks like http://nyc.changeby.us/#start and this is Seattle http://seattle.changeby.us/#start.

Check out PDXAPI http://pdxapi.com/. This is a citizen built geographical API creator. Maybe this could be adapted?

There is also the open gov platform that has opened its code for building an open data site. https://github.com/opengovplatform/opengovplatform

If someone wanted to do the Adopt-a-node there is some data for current locations of nodes. http://www.kokuawireless.com/

If you check the SF hackathon that happened in Sept a lot of the ideas weren’t built on City data, they were built to help citizens out with information. One that I remember that was really cool was all the ATM’s in the City that don’t have a surcharge.

The Journey Begins!

CityCamp Honolulu
Thank you to all for being an integral part of Honolulu’s first CityCamp. It was by all measures a great success, all because of you. I love how the community came together, shared knowledge and brainstormed ideas. It was inspiring to see City employees collaborating with the community in a productive, can-do environment.

As the day concluded, many people asked, what’s next? CityCamp Honolulu was just a catalyst, a spark that we must now nurture and fuel to create lasting change. As Forest Frizzell said, “we will continue to have monthly meetups throughout 2012 as we usher in Code for America.”

Some key dates to keep in mind:

We will also keep you informed of any meetups that get scheduled through our Facebook page, Twitter and blog.

We wil also continue the conversation and develop our ideas online. Here are a couple resources I encourage you to participate in:

We got some great coverage of the event thanks to citizen journalist and the media:

Thanks again for being a part of CityCamp Honolulu. We’ve made a great first step and I look forward to being a part of this ground breaking journey.

Enter and vote HNL open government apps, leaders for the 2011 GovFresh Awards

2011 GovFresh Awards

Every day, tech-minded citizens across the country are doing good by their communities, literally geeking out about how they can help re-define the relationship government has with its citizens, using technology as a democratic tool to collaboratively empower both.

So much is happening in the civic technology community – website redesigns, new websites, open data initiatives, apps, camps, developer contests, hackathons and more – it’s hard to get a perspective on or truly appreciate the collective work of these dot-dogooders both inside and outside government.

That’s why we created the 2011 GovFresh Awards.

It’s time to recognize and honor all that’s been accomplished this year.

It’s time to say thank you.

Here are the categories. Start entering and start voting.

CityCampHNL video


Much Mahalo to Ryan Ozawa for this great video highlighting the first CityCamp Honolulu this past Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. We had about 140 participants consisting of City specialists, entrepreneurs, technologist and engaged citizens. It made for a great day of sharing ideas and collaboration. Over the course of the next few days we will post the notes from the day’s event for you to review. This is just the start. Our plan is to foster an environment for ongoing discussion and dialog. We have a bias towards action and that is the only way we will make a difference.

Just a week away!

We are just a week away from Honolulu’s first ever CityCamp Unconference and I would like to give you some pointers to get the most out of this extraordinary event. Try to be at UH Campus Center before 8:30am so we can get started on time.

In typical unconference format we are all participants. The sessions are crowd sourced and an environment of peer-to-peer, two way dialog is encouraged. Bring your ideas and creativity. Be open minded and lets think of ways to make Honolulu a better city.

Things will happen very quick over the course of the day. During the registration period be sure to get involved with session selection. We will have the popular ideas posted on the session grid. This is also the time to make new suggestions. We encourage you to sign up for your topic of choice at this time.

As the day progresses, think TEAM. We want these ideas to take shape and that is going to require teamwork.

Here is what the draft agenda looks like:

Time           Activity
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome from the Managing Director
9:15 – 9:45 Gordon/Forest frames the day and kicks off the panel discussion
9:45 – 10:00 quick break/ snacks/ sign-up for topic session
10:00 – 11:00 Breakout Session #1
11:00 – 11:15 Report back to group – what did you talk about in breakout session
11:15 – 12:15 Lunch
12:15 – 1:00 Panel Discussion: Alissa Black (CFA), Jason Hibbets (Red Hat), Steve Bretches (IBM)
1:00 – 2:00 Breakout Session #2
2:00 – 2:15 Report back to group – what did you talk about in breakout session
2:15 – 2:30 break/ snack
2:30 – 3:30 Team formation, document potential approaches and solutions, rapid prototype
3:30 – 3:45 Presentation of ideas
3:45 – 4:15 Wrap up, discussion of next steps, mahalo

I am looking forward to seeing you all next Sat, Dec 3rd for a fun and productive CityCampHNL.