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Alder Scott J. Resnick

Alder Scott J. Resnick

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661 Mendota Ct # 1404
Madison , WI 53703

Phone: 608-807-7962
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Madison, WI 53703
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BuildMadison and City Apps

September 17, 2012 9:12 AM

BuildMadison is an annual 24 hour community 'create-a-thon' hosted at Sector67. On September 22nd, computer programmers, designers, writers, tinkerers and enthusiastic Madisonians will gather to build something cool (a web application, Android app, etc) all within 24 hours, in Madison. No experience is programming is required; simply bring an idea and energy to execute. Plus, the event is free. Here is a recap of last year's event.

To get ideas flowing, the City of Madison's IT department is adding to the list of possible ideas with the following civic application:

Where Do I Vote? – Build a mobile application that uses geo-location to determine your polling location. The goal is to make finding your polling station and what you need to register even easier this election season.

Bike Madison – Develop a website or application to better track and promote biking in Madison. This application would include bike paths, B-cycle stations, bike shops, restrooms and drinking fountains.

Where Do I Park (winter edition)? – Alternate side parking is one of the most difficult obstacles for downtown motorists during the winter. Nobody wants a parking ticket. This application would provide a calendar of dates, outline streets in the downtown emergency zone and send messages during snow emergences.

Find a Park – Build an application to find a park or status of a public beach.

Inspiration for applications can also be drawn from: Open City (Chicago), San Francisco Data, Code for America.

(Note: if anyone at BuildMadison or the general community would like to build one of these applications, send me an email at There are additional files that IT can provide to make the process easier.)

Events like these are what make Madison a hotbed for innovation. New ideas often occurs when individuals of different disciplines meet, gather and interaction. With the addition of Madison's open data portal arriving this winter, opens datasets will spark new civic entrepreneurship and help events like BuildMadison thrive. I hope one or two of these ideas become a reality!



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