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What problems can be solved during Random Hacks of Kindness 2 this weekend?

The second local version of Random Hacks of Kindness to be held at Drexel University is this weekend. It’s the fourth global RHOK, which are held in cities throughout the world. Like last June, the weekend hackathon is being kicked off with a reception at Indy Hall in Old City where developers and non-developers alike […]

The second local version of Random Hacks of Kindness to be held at Drexel University is this weekend. It’s the fourth global RHOK, which are held in cities throughout the world.

Like last June, the weekend hackathon is being kicked off with a reception at Indy Hall in Old City where developers and non-developers alike can talk about what could be built, designed and delivered.

RSVP for the free Friday night reception here and the hackathon here. All are welcome. The hackathon is organized by Drexel PhD student Mike Brennan and, full disclosure, the reception is sponsored in part by Technically Philly.

Though participants will be able to choose from problem definitions offered by U.S. AID, Voxeo Labs, NASA, like last June, Technically Philly has collected a few other ideas:

  • Change By Us — The newly launched civic action crowdsourcing tool has a couple hundred ideas and could likely be pushed forward itself. What could come out of that?
  • City priorities widget — Representatives of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities want an interactive web-based tool graphing tool that would allow the office to plot potential projects by cost and policy benefit. Tools with similar functionality exist but something simple, sleek and easily used by other city agencies could have real output.
  • Philadelphia Neighborhoods — Using city regional boundaries and GIS neighborhood layers created by local shop Azavea, create a tool that could layer services: legislative representations like what Seventy has, zip codes, city trash days, street paving, news coverage and more. Everyblock is limited in neighborhoods, and the Planning Commission and CML maps are dated and inflexible.
  • OpenDataPhilly.org — The civic data catalog is always a place for ideas.
  • Hacks/Hackers brainstorming — The new developers group in Philly put together some ideas here.

What other ideas would you like to see built?

See ideas from last June’s RHOK here.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a cofounder and Editorial Director of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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