Category: Civic Hacking

Polling Places are here!

Tuesday, November 5 is the general election here in NY, and PediaCities wants to help you find your polling site. You can see all NYC polling sites on the landing page and identify any polling station by simply hovering your mouse over it.  To find your own polling place type your address into the search bar.  A pop-up label will appear over your polling station …

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Did You Catch the PediaCities audio interview on BBC?

In case you missed it, PediaCities co-founder Joel Natividad was recently interviewed by the BBC. In a short piece about the enormous volume of raw data that has become public in the wake of New York’s sweeping open data laws, BBC correspondent Jonny Dymond spoke with Joel about the innovative way that PediaCities helps to make that data actionable for NYC’s citizens.  Dymond touches on …

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PediaCites Testifies at New York City Council Hearing ab...

PediaCities is built on open data. We were happy to join others from the civic hacking community in New York City to advocate for access to traffic crash data. Full testimony below. Summary of my testimony to @NYCCouncil today on crash data: “Give us the raw data with Lat/Longs” #SafeStreetsMap@noneck@fkh@BetaNYC — Nathan Storey (@npstorey) October 10, 2013   Ontodia, Inc. testimony for INT NO 1163-2013 …

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Wonkageekathon – GovLabs and the Birth of CityMiss...

When big thinkers, designers & coders hack together. Last month, we were invited to participate in the Inaugural Experiment of GovLabs. It was a mind-blowing experience! First off, we couldn’t help but be star-struck at all the luminaries milling about from the Civic Tech, Gov 2.0, Open Data and Semantic Web worlds – Tim Berners-Lee, Jim Hendler, David Karger, Laura James, Steve Koonin, Mike Flowers, …

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New York IS the Empire State of Data!

Whew!  What a hectic month! We co-hosted “Code Across NYC” right here at the NYU-Poly Varick Incubator with Code for America.  The Venn Diagram of Code Across America and the First International Open Data Day! NYC celebrated the first anniversary of its ground-breaking Open Data Law.  I attended the press conference on the steps of City Hall and celebrated (complete with cake!) with friends from …

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On Civic Hacking Sustainability

[youtube]P2AZH4FeGsc[/youtube] The Thrill of Victory!  And the Agony of Defeat! NYCDataWell didn’t make the semi-finals cut.​ I’d be lying if I said we weren’t disappointed, ​ but we knew there was no guarantee, and perhaps, the risk we took by going with such an unconventional design was just too big a leap. Regardless, we’re very proud of our work and still look forward to the future …

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Reality is the Highest Resolution

I’m the son of two civil servants.  Growing up, however, I remember being indoctrinated by my parents NOT to pursue public service. They both saw themselves through college, and they fell into civil service out of necessity, and got into their career tracks not out of passion, but because there was no other option. I still got the public service bug in me however.  Was …

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eCommunity Service (or Amazon Mechanical Turk for the Pu...

Last week, after wrapping up our successful debut at SemTechBizNYC, I spent the whole day at Midtown Community Court, serving my one day of community service for biking on the sidewalk. Ever since we moved into the NYU-Poly Varick Incubator, I’ve been biking to work and was still familiarizing myself with the city’s extensive bike lane network when I was flagged down by a cop …

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