The Code for Boston team learned this week that one of the projects that came out of our CodeAcross hackathon back in February, mbta.ninja, a crowdsourced transit issue app, has been redeployed by Code for New River Valley into portninja.com, for tracking congestion in shipping ports. As Geoffrey Litt, one of the original developers of mbta.ninja said, “That’s the beauty of open source.” (If you haven’t read Geoffrey’s blog post about building mbta.ninja and his first foray into civic hacking, you totally should!)
Teams continued to work on projects like Ungentry and Finda as we continued our push towards our third annual National Day of Civic Hacking. New this year will be our series of Ignite-style talks on Saturday evening, June 6th at the Venture Cafe space at CIC, Cambridge. We’ve lined up an exiting roster of speakers including Cambridge City Councillor Nadeem Mazen, founder of Branchfood, Lauren Abda, and Zoe Anetakis of TUGG, among others. It looks to be a great night! (If you’d like to attend the Ingite talks, please note that it’s a separate RSVP.)
Matt Cloyd, our co-organizer spent a few hours last week teaching Git to high schoolers with Resilient Coders. The group does amazing work teaching urban high schoolers how to code and we’re happy to support them in any way we can.
Our Text the T: Impact Track pilot team met again during hack night to discuss additional ways to explore engagement with public transportation through feature phones and in-person interviews. The team has been meeting frequently to engage with citizens and learn the ways in which people access transportation information.
Over the past few months, Rod Shavit, a PhD student in Communications at UMASS Boston has been studying us and our organizational structure to better understand how we work. We hope he’s learning something but it’s been fascinating to be on the other side of a research project. We can’t wait to see what he has to say…we hope!
Check out all this week’s activities on the hackpad. Onward!