March 31st, 2011

Portland, the city that hacks: PDX-OSGEO, Japan Crisis Camp, and PDX11 civic hackathons, Friday and Saturday


Portland, the city that hacks: PDX-OSGEO, Japan Crisis Camp, and PDX11 civic hackathons, Friday and Saturday

If there’s one thing I love about the City of Portland, it’s the startups. If there’s another thing I love about Portland, it’s the beer. But another thing I like about Portland? It will never pass up an opportunity to get a bunch of folks in the room to hack on stuff. And this weekend is no different.

On April 1 and 2, there are two big hackathons taking place, the PDX-OSGEO / Japan Crisis Camp hackathon on Friday and the PDX11 civic hackathon on Saturday.

First, Friday, beginning at 11 AM at Backspace.

A continuation of the Open Source GIS Unconference on Tuesday. GIS developers can come and do some coding or write documentation for whatever projects they dream up. Meanwhile, we will also be hosting a Crisis Camp where anyone can come and help update a map of Japan in the wake of the Sendai disaster. We will provide training to anyone who is new to Open Street Map editing.

Then, Saturday, the PDX11 civic hackathon held at Portland State University Engineering Building beginning at 9 AM.

This hackathon is dedicated to civic projects that folks in the Portland area would like to work on together. The OS GIS group is also planning to invade and participate!

Participation is open to all. Feel free to add your project below, and link to a repo. A short list of projects, bugs to fix or tasks that you’d like to work on would also be helpful.

For a full list of potential projects—or to add your own—visit the civic hackathon etherpad page.

For more details, see PDX-OSGEO / Japan Crisis Camp hackathon and PDX11 civic hackathon on Calagator.

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13 Responses to “Portland, the city that hacks: PDX-OSGEO, Japan Crisis Camp, and PDX11 civic hackathons, Friday and Saturday”

  1. Amber Case says:

    Thanks for reporting on this, as usual! Excited to participate!

  2. Tyesha says:

    So I’ve never been to a hackathon because I’m not a developer and can’t code anything. Is there ever a need for Interaction/User Experience/Product Design types to be present and participate?

    Thanks!

  3. Rick Turoczy says:

    @Tyesha Please go. I don’t develop or code or anything really. Come to think of it, what do I do? Anyway, I’ve been to a number of hackathons and it’s always well worth my time. There’s a need for a wide variety of skill sets.

  4. Tyesha says:

    Thanks Rick. If we get through a big QA push on musicimpacts.com I think I might just come. Sounds really fun.

    Yeah, and what do you do? :)

  5. Rick Turoczy says:

    Awesome. And if you figure out what I do, please let me know.

  6. Amber Case says:

    That’s a great question, Tyesha. UX and Interaction designers and product design types are a natural fit for hackathons and there are often not enough of them!

    You’d be extremely helpful to any of the developer teams at the hackathon because you’d be able to inform how the eventual output actually feels like and looks like to the end user.

    One of the limitations of hackathons with a majority of developers is that the end result isn’t always usable. I’ll be there and will gladly help show you how extremely valuable your input and knowledge is.

  7. Tyesha says:

    Very cool. Thanks Amber!

  8. Kyle says:

    Glad to hear UI/UX guys are welcome, I just might have to roll up my sleeves are dig in!

  9. Rick Turoczy says:

    @Kyle Please do. I can’t wait to see what all these different talents manage to create.

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