(Photo courtesy of Ken Grant)
Open Data Challenge switched from a weekend-long hackathon to a monthlong data jam for 2018, and the results are impressive. In all, seven projects that are nearly fully realized (plus one presentation-only team) were presented, all offering accessibility solutions to residents of and visitors to Delaware.
If you missed the Open Data Challenge final at Theatre N on May 8, we’ve gathered all the details on the winning projects, thanks to cofounder Ryan Harrington.
Each team worked with open data to solve accessibility issues affecting DelDOT and the state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). These issues can range from making transportation more accessible for people with disabilities to making tourism within the state easier for out-of-towners.
Delaware has one of the best paratransit systems in the nation (in most states, home pickup is not an option). Still, arranging for paratransit service involves paperwork. The two $1,000 winners allow qualified users to make arrangements quickly on a phone app, making it as simple as ordering an Uber.
- DelDOT ParaApp (Yvonne Ni, Ryan Gross)
- MobiliDE (Eli Turkel, Betsey Suchanic, Randy Neil)
- Commute+ (Dhanshree Sonar, Brian Graham, Ravi Ramadoss)
The Commute+ app is a map-based route planning app that helps replace a vehicular commute with biking (or biking combined with public transport). It’s sort of like Waze for cyclists — users can add warnings and route suggestions.
- ParkDetective (Alex Maniuk, Olga Nikolayeva, James Massaquoi, Si Vu, Mike Kuehn)
Looking for a park in Delaware with a picnic area or other specific feature? ParkDetective locates the parks with the amenities you want, directions and user feedback.
- Visit Delaware (Frankie Rodriguez, Jessica Campbell, Joshua Wurdemann, Kieran Thomas, Katrice Williams-Dredden)
This app allows users to create detailed itineraries that include attractions, parks, sporting events, dining and night life, with special options for people with disabilities. Itineraries include maps and directions from place to place, including traffic advisories. Even locals could get good use out of this.
- Explore Delaware (Jonathan Grivas, Shiva Mariswamy Subramani, Reggie Ezeh, Victor Ness, Austin Woodall)
The Explore Delaware app makes it easy to find attractions, events and outdoor activities in Delaware. Just click on the pins on the map, and you can see what the location offers, fees, what special events are planned, and other necessary info. Users can find nearby places they’ve never visited, and learn features they may not have known were offered at places they frequent.
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