PhillyEcoCamp hackathon: 15 datasets released, 5 projects built - Philly


Jul. 8, 2014 1:28 pm

PhillyEcoCamp hackathon: 15 datasets released, 5 projects built

Hackers built tools for fighting litter and reporting problems in city parks. The event's goal: "promoting sustainability and the environment through technology," say its organizers.

Philadelphia's "litter index" map, built using litter data from Recyclebank and the city.

(Map by Brandon Smith)

As part of the PhillyEcoCamp hackathon, the City of Philadelphia released 15 environment-focused datasets. Five city agencies and two organizations released data that includes:

  • Code violation notices (these are tickets the Streets Department issues, like tickets for putting out your trash too early or for an overflowing dumpster)
  • Vacant lots that have been cleaned by the city
  • Street trees that have been removed by the city since 2002
Find all the data here

Hackers used the data to build projects at the hackathon, organized by Callowhill-based mapping firm Azavea. Here’s some of the tools they built, as reported by the city’s Managing Director’s Office blog:

  • Stormfighter, a project from Chris Nies that aims to help the Water Department fight sewer overflow during rainstorms by showing the places that flooding is most likely to occur.
  • LitterDexPHL, a project by Haverford College students that maps litter and demographics in hopes of helping the Streets Department better target its anti-litter campaigns.
  • MyPark, an app for Philadelphians to report problems in city parks.
Read about the projects here -30-
Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes has been covering the Philadelphia tech scene since 2012. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.



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