[Chicago] Brief Apps for Metro Chicago talk at the next ChiPy meetup

Geoffrey Hing ghing at mcic.org
Fri Jul 1 17:59:30 CEST 2011

 Here's more information about the Google-hosted hack day that is on July 16
that Kumar mentioned in his last e-mail. I think it's going to be really

Best, Geoff


Summary: We’re looking for engineers and developers in the Chicago area to
come together to build some amazing apps in one day.

John Tolva (CTO) and Brett Goldstein (CDO) over in the Mayor's office have
been working night and day to get some amazing datasets out to us (and in
useful formats, no less!), so what better way to celebrate than get together
and do some Really Cool (TM) stuff with that data.

I'm happy to announce that Google Chicago is going to be hosting a hackathon
on July 16th from 9:00AM to 7:00PM to see what kind of cool things we can do
with the city’s open datasets (from visualizations to mashups to analysis to
whatever you can think of).  Oh, and did I mention that there will be food
and prizes?

Actually the prizes come if you enter the Apps for Metro Chicago
<http://appsformetrochicago.org/>competition. The city, county, state and
CMAP have come together to offer
prizes<http://appsformetrochicago.org/content/rules#prizes>in multiple
categories for app submissions using their data. You certainly
don’t have to enter, but why not if you build something cool?

We’ve already got some all-star guests coming:

   - Harper Reed (from Harper Is Awesome, LLC)
   - David Beazley (of Python fame)
   - Daniel X. O'Neil (Everyblock)
   - Dan Sinker (Of
ahem, Twitter fame)
   - Scott Robbin (of Weightshift and wasmycartowed.com fame)
   - Blagica Bottigliero (Motorola)

Unfortunately, we’ve got limited space, so if you’re interested in
attending, please fill out this form ASAP with your information and if we
wind up with an overwhelming number of people, we’ll pick the best ideas :-)

 Brian Fitzpatrick
The Data Liberation Front
Google Chicago

On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 10:40 AM, Kumar McMillan <kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM, Geoffrey Hing <ghing at mcic.org> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'm a developer at the Metro Chicago Information Center.  We're helping
> to
> > run the Apps for Metro Chicago competition
> > (http://www.appsformetrochicago.org/) that's happening now.
> If this is interesting to folks and you have an idea for an app, I'd
> recommend signing up now:
> https://spreadsheets0.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&formkey=dHptWEprWHRMVnl5V19ENXdRNlBPQkE6MQ#gid=0
> The hack day is July 16 (2 days after the chipy meeting) and it looks
> like it might run out of space.  Be sure to jot down an idea or two
> because on another mailing I'm on it was announced that when they run
> out of space they will pick attendees by the best ideas.
> > As part of my
> > work, I'm trying to drop by as many Chicago developer meetups as possible
> to
> > do a quick presentation about the competition, answer any questions that
> > developers may have and help link developers with community organizations
> or
> > the legacy business community (the judging rubric for the competition
> favors
> > apps that come out of these partnerships).
> >
> > I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to give a brief talk about
> the
> > competition at the next ChiPy meetup?
> >
> > Also, If any of you has any questions about Apps for Metro Chicago,
> please
> > feel free to post a question to http://apps4chicago.zendesk.com/ and
> I'll do
> > my best to get you a prompt answer.
> >
> > Best,
> > Geoff
> >
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