YOU ARE INVITED.
The City of Seattle and Commute Seattle invite data analysts, developers, designers, and other innovators to help design user-centric tools that improve the commute. These can take the form of:
- improvements to existing applications
- new tools to help commuters in any mode or modes of transportation
- data analysis and visualizations that clarify the big picture
Teams will have the opportunity to present their work to a panel of judges, with the top three project ideas moving on to a championship round. Work will be judged based on its potential to make commuting in Seattle easier and more pleasant for everyone.
Register now at hackthecommute.brownpapertickets.com. *** We are SOLD OUT! However, you can still sign up for our wait list. Spots will be award to waitlisters on a first-come, first-serve basis.***
Get your ticket for our demos on Sunday, March 22nd at hackthecommutedemo.brownpapertickets.com.
Not a techie? Submit your app ideas to our Reddit thread at reddit.com/r/hackthecommute, and see below to learn more about how you can help.
Friday, March 20–Sunday, March 22, 2015
Moz, 1110 Second Avenue, Suite 500
Limited capacity, please reserve your spot at hackthecommute.brownpapertickets.com
Friday, March 20 (6:00-10:00 pm)
5:30 pm | Registration opens
6:00 pm | Welcome remarks & overview of weekend
6:30 pm | Official program, guidelines, and mentor introductions
7:00 pm | Dinner served
7:20-8:20 pm | Breakout sessions to discuss potential projects
8:30 pm | Pitches & team formation
10:00 pm | Space closes
Saturday, March 21 (8:00 am-10:00 pm)
8:00 am | Space opens, breakfast & coffee served
10:00 am-noon | Mentor sessions round 1
noon-2:00 pm | Mentor sessions round 2 & lunch served
2:00-4:00 pm | Mentor sessions round 3
6:00 pm | Dinner & stand-ups in the main space
10:00 pm | Space closes
Sunday, March 22 (8:00 am-8:00 pm)
8:00 am | Space opens, breakfast & coffee served
10:00 am | Final check-ins
noon | Pitch guidelines briefing & lunch served
2:00-4:00 pm | Pitch coaching with mentors
5:00 pm | Presentations due & dinner served
6:00 pm | Presentations & selection of top three teams
8:00 pm | Event end & celebration!
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 pm
City Hall, 600 4th Avenue
Register now at commutechampions.brownpapertickets.com
To help hackers get to know each other, refine project ideas, and start forming ideas, we’ll split off into breakout groups on Friday evening. We’re inviting experts in these areas to anchor the discussions, point teams toward available resources, and help validate concepts before you get to work. Please note that these are subject to change based on the interests of people at the event and that experts/discussion group leaders may wish to merge with other discussion groups (e.g., Vision Zero could combine with bicycle safety).
Here’s what we have so far:
- Communicating construction-related impacts
Brian DePlace, Acting Director, Street Use, Seattle Department of Transportation
- Multi-modal trip planning
Tyler Simpson, Chief Technology Officer, Luum
- Public transit service data integration & ORCA
Mike Berman, IT Service Delivery Manager, King County Metro
Juliet Chase, Sound Transit
Michael Berman, Research & Technology Program Manager, Sound Transit
Gordon Kennedy, IT Manager, Washington State Department of Transportation
- Ferry data integration
Lisa Ballard, Transportation Planner, Washington State Ferries
Sayee Vaitheesvaran, IT Manager, Washington State Ferries
- Traffic, roadways, and Vision Zero
Michelle Villnave, Traffic Operations Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation
Max Sevareid, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Pacific Northwest
- OneBusAway (see proposed improvements on GitHub)
Aaron Brethorst, OneBusAway
- Transit signage and wayfinding
Jeff Hammerquist, Seattle Subway & Via Architecture
- Walking routes, Find It/Fix It improvements, and pedestrian safety
Gordon Padelford, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
- Cycling & cycling safety
Brock Howell, Cascade Bicycle Club
- Making transit tech accessible for disabled riders
Alan Borning, professor, University of Washington
Anat Caspi, Director, UW Taskar Center for Accessible Technology
MaryCatherine Snyder, Parking Strategist, Seattle Department of Transportation
- Park & Rides
Lise Hensdill, Transportation Planner, WSDOT Public Transportation Division
- Improving access for low-income and impoverished riders
Kari Ware, Transportation Director, Solid Ground
- Data visualization & mapping
Berit Anderson, Managing Editor, Crosscut.com
Want to propose a new group? Let us know now or just propose one on-site!
DATA & TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Check out our data catalog on communities.socrata.com. Data for this event has been provided by:
- Seattle Department of Transportation
- King County Metro
- Puget Sound Regional Council
- Washington State Department of Transportation
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Pronto Cycle Share
- Walk Score Data Provided by Redfin Real Estate in Seattle
Technical support from:
- Microsoft (Azure credits and mentorship)
- Amazon Web Services (credits)
- SendInBlue (discount codes)
- Twilio (discount codes)
- Esri (technical mentorship)
- Inrix (technical mentorship)
- Socrata (technical mentorship & organizational assistance)
- What is a civic hackathon?
A civic hackathon is an event where members of the community are invited to use their data analysis, design, and software development skills to “hack” together tech-based solutions to civic problems. Civic hackers work with data sets that have been made open to the public for this specific purpose.
- What is the goal of this event?
We want to build tools that help Seattle commuters adapt to the City’s fast growth and constant construction. This can take the form of new apps, modifications to existing apps, data visualizations, design hacks, and anything else our volunteers imagine.
- What can teams build?
This event is not focused on any single mode of transportation. Tools that improve the experience of a single mode (biking, walking, driving, bus, Light Rail) are welcome, as are tools that help commuters optimize their choice of mode and materials that help people understand the broader picture of regional growth. All we expect is that what you create this weekend be posted as open-source or made available to the public in some way.
- How will work be judged?
We will select three teams from the March hackathon to advance to a championship round in April. They will be judged based on the impact their tool will have on the commute.
- What will teams win?
Besides 15 minutes of fame and the gratitude of fellow citizens? That’s TBD, but we trust this community to come up with some excellent rewards.
- Can my company participate?
We expect that teams will keep their projects open-source. You are welcome to participate as long as you plan to publish any code that is written during this weekend. If you have an API that you would like to make available, we are happy to facilitate that. You can also sponsor meals or materials for the event, in exchange for which we’ll be happy to let people know that you’re involved. Contact us for details!
- Can I participate remotely?
To qualify to present, we expect teams to be around for most of the hackathon and to complete work during the time we’ve set aside. However, if you can’t join us but have ideas or resources to share, we invite you to contribute on our sub-Reddit.
- Do I have to have a team to participate?
No. In fact, we encourage people to show up as individuals and form teams on-site. Part of the value of this event – and the fun – is connecting with people from different communities and perspectives. Some participants, such as designers and writers, may find themselves floating between teams. That’s okay with us.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Currently, we are looking for volunteers! We need some help with event management, team mentorship (prior experience with a similar event is a plus), documentation (live-Tweeting, photography, video), and logistics. Please reach out if you’re interested!