March 19, 2016

CodeAcross 2016 in Jersey City - the #SiliconBackyard

Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County
(Teen Tech Center @ 225 Morris Boulevard)

Jersey City, NJ, USA

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Code for JC has put together a special day just for you. Bring your computer and have fun exploring the many data resources available via Jersey City's web portal and how you can use them to get answers, uncover local trends, and resolve a variety of issues that impact you and your neighbors

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Agenda

The hackathon begins in the morning with complimentary refreshments. Morning presentations will prepare you for the afternoon workshop. The event closes with participant presentations.

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Learn

From operations to budgeting, redevelopment to demographics, the Jersey City website offers a wealth of statistical data that you can freely access and use to better understand what's happening in your community.

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CodeAcross 2015 Recap

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Jersey City celebrates CodeAcross 2016

CodeAcross is a national weekend of simultaneous events in the Code for America network of more than 40,000 volunteers and more than 130+ brigades throughout the US.

As part of this event, Code for JC will host its annual CodeAcross hackathon on Saturday, March 19 at the Hudson County Boys & Girls Club. The goal of our CodeAcross event is to activate the local civic technology network and collaborate with neighbors to develop innovative solutions that help identify and solve real city challenges.

Open to all students and professionals, CodeAcross gives everyone the opportunity to grow and learn – no matter their background or skill. Urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, students, community organizers and civic advocates all participate. CodeAcross isn’t just a chance to build websites, visualizations, and other hacks; it’s also an opportunity to build relationships within the community. Jersey City’s CodeAcross collaborative environment allows teams of all kinds to push the boundaries of innovation and take creative risks for a chance to make a significant impact.

In the final hour, each team gets to shine, giving a concise presentation showing how you solved your particular civic challenge.

Whether you're a tech newbie, a seasoned developer, an urbanist, a civic hacker, a government staffer, a designer, or a community organizer, if you care about Jersey City, you're virtually guaranteed to have a great time, make lots of new friends, and learn a whole lot of neat stuff.


Agenda

This hackathon will begin with an overview of the event and event’s theme, followed by inviting the participants to suggest ideas and congregate into teams based on their individual interests and skills. The main work begins and lasts a number of hours. This all culminates with each team demonstrating their project or prototype, as well as presenting on their collaborative process (and usually having to incorporate some fun non-traditional component like summarizing what they did in the form of a haiku).

Hackathons are fun, a great way to meet others with similar interests and skills that may not have the opportunity to interact otherwise, and a great way to showcase amazing technology and civic minded talent that exists right here in our community.

We will provide data, speakers, wifi and food. Participants need to bring their own laptops.

Time Descripton
8:30 AM Doors Open
9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
10:00 AM Speaker Presentations & Open Data Discussion
10:30 AM Q & A
11:00 AM Form into teams and hack!
11:45 AM Initial Team and Project check-in [Link COMING SOON]
12:00 PM Lunch
3:30 PM Final Team and Project Check-in [Link COMNIG SOON]
4:00 PM Presentations
5:00 PM Judging

Theme: Public Safety (Health & Security)

With the support of the relevant departments within the City of Jersey City, we will have access to Open Data for participants to use for their projects and presentations. Representatives from the city will also be present during the day to work with the teams, share insights, and also experience first hand the collaborative power of the community working in their areas of focus.

Some of the civic problems we plan to solve are:

  • What intersections have the highest propensity for traffic accidents, and at what days of the week and times of day?
  • What impact does weather have on overall police activity?
  • Where should we stage police resources to create the shortest response times and distances?
  • Is there a relationship between drug sale/use and/or violent crimes and vacant properties?


Speakers

Stacey Lea Flanagan

Stacey Lea Flanagan

Director at Health & Human Services, City of Jersey City

@flannyfun

Robert Luckritz

Robert Luckritz

Director of Emergency Medical Services, JC Medical Center

Akisia Grigsby

Akisia Grigsby

Co-Executive Director, OpenJC

@AkzasCreator

Emmanuel A Simon

Emmanuel A Simon

Co-Executive Director, OpenJC

@uelsimon

Alex Reynolds

Alex Reynolds

Data Enthusiast


Data to understand your evolving neighboorhood.

The Jersey City Open Data Portal offers an wealth of statistical data that you (or anyone) can download to better understand what's happening in your neighborhood and city. Available general categories include Operational Data, Budget Visualization, Redevelopment Plans, City Planning Studies, Demographic Data, Maps, Presentations, and Affordable Housing.

Available operational statistics include "dashboard files" for the Housing and Parking Authorities and the Police and Fire Departments. Files are also available on Municipal Utilities, Tax Abatements, Building Inspections, Vacant Buildings and Lots and Building Permit Status.

Interested in the Jersey City of Tomorrow? Under Redevelopment Plans, there are files on over 50 redevelopment projects around Jersey City. Other sections offer City Planning Studies, Demographic data, Maps and a presentation on Affordable Housing.

A few minutes of perusing the JC data portal's links and you'll find all the data that you never knew you needed!


The power of open data


Tools

Data

A special look at the Jersey City Medical Center's EMS Data for the years 2013-2016 March YTD is available here.

Jersey City Police Department's Call-for-Service Data for the years 2014-2016 January YTD is available here.

Additional datasets available are located in the JC Open Data Portal.

Code for America also provides a lot of donated and free services.


Tools

# Category Link Description
1 Analysis Python Widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language
2 Analysis Tableau Public Tool to explore and visualize data
3 Analysis OpenRefine For working with messy data: cleaning it and transforming it from one format into another
4 Analysis R Studio Programming language for statistical computing and graphics
5 Visualization Tableau Public Is a free service to explore and visualize data
6 Visualization D3.js JavaScript library used to create interactive graphical forms for web browsers
7 Visualization Fusion Tables Fusion Tables from Google is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables.
8 Presentation Prezi Cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas
9 Presentation Google Slides An online collaborative presentations application that lets you create, edit, and deliver presentations
10 Presentation Apple Keynote Makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations on mac
11 Presentation MSFT Office Makes it simple to create and deliver beautiful presentations on MS Windows
12 Presentation R Studio Programming language for statistical computing and graphics
13 Mapping Fusion Tables Fusion Tables from Google is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share data tables.
14 Mapping See list from 2014 Hackathon List of mapping tools
15 Analysis Google Big Query An easy to use database with free quota and web based sql interface.

Event Coordinators

Emmanuel A Simon

Emmanuel A Simon

Co-Executive Director, OpenJC

@uelsimon

Akisia Grigsby

Akisia Grigsby

Co-Executive Director, OpenJC

@AkzasCreator

Sharad Hegde

Sharad Hegde

Co-founder, Futuriste

@shegde

Tom Bruning

Tom Bruning

Adjunct Instructor, New Jersey City University

@tgb

Alex Reynolds

Alex Reynolds

Data Enthusiast

Brad Windsor

Brad Windsor

Outreach Coordinator

Jonathan Chen

Jonathan Chen

Full stack web developer

@dijonkitchen