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MBTA Data Hackathon
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM - Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM (EST)
The MIT/MassDOT IAP Hackathon
12 PM - 7 PM, January 29th @ E15-209 (Wiesner Conference Room)
12 PM - 7 PM, January 30th @ E14-525
Co-hosted by the MIT Center for Future Civic Media and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Have a great idea for a phone or web app that uses MBTA data? Want to play with real-time bus tracking information, LED scrollboards, and Bluetooth-enabled watches? Interested in encouraging data transparency in local government agencies? Come join one or both days of our two-day hackathon, where you can meet other interested developers, get your questions answered by representatives from MassDOT, and help make public transportation in the Boston area an even better experience.
UPDATE: NextBus has released the feeds for MIT's Tech Shuttle services! Come create tools that can be used right here in our community.
* Construct a kit that helps business owners set up their own LED scrollboards that display when the next bus is coming
* Something using Bluetooth-enabled watches, courtesy of Fossil
* Text message interface for retrieving schedule information.
* Phone/web/physical apps for TechShuttle data
* And, of course, anything you can think up!
For questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Media Lab is two buildings located at the intersection of Ames St. and Amherst St., right next to the Kendall T stop.
The two buildings are connected on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors.
Go to the side of E14 that faces Ames St. Someone will be waiting at the door for the first 2 hours--if you need to get in afterwards, call (765) 537-8747 to be let in. We'll send someone down periodically to check for stragglers. The room is 525, the conference room on the 5th floor.
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The Center for Future Civic Media
The Center for Future Civic Media supports research at MIT to innovate civic media tools and practices and test them in communities. C4FCM is a joint effort between the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program.
Learn more about our projects and events at http://civic.mit.edu, or follow our dev blog at http://dev-civic.media.mit.edu.