UPDATE: Colorado is coding for their community

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UPDATE: Six mobile applications have been selected for teams to work on.  Each app targets a different facet of the community where there is an information gap.  The apps will be released with open source code to benefit the community. The following apps have been chosen:

  • A crowdsoured bike app to collect better bike data
  • An app to learn more info about a community (i.e. housing info, trash pick dates, school info, etc.)
  • An elections day app
  • A downtown Denver parking info app
  • A RTD app (bus info) to help understand transit options
  • A bike commuter app akin to car pooling

If you'd like to contribute to these projects, or just monitor their progress, you can follow them here:


You can hack on data or submit an idea for a software application or visualization. On July 27-29, PlaceMatters will be presenting, with support from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a civic hackathon to build and improve the latest apps that bring sustainability into the forefront of everyone’s lives. These apps could help people and organizations answer questions:

  • How do I get around the region quickly and affordably using any mix of transportation choices?
  • What is the true cost of my housing choice, including rent/mortgage and transportation?
  • Where are all the vacant lots and what’s the process of purchasing and developing these?
  • What does my neighborhood look like in terms of diversity and how can I connect with my neighbors?
  • How can I connect with my local government to participate and contribute to civic decision-making?

The event will bring together non-profits, government agencies, data providers, programmers, civic hackers, designers and anyone with an idea or stake in the future of our communities including our partner Open Colorado and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).  For 36 hours, we'll code and hack away at apps that will improve the lives of people living, working and playing in the Denver region.

The event is free, but space is limited.

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Brian Gryth is the Vice-President of OpenColorado, a nonprofit organization established to promote the adoption of open government through education and outreach; and provide a platform, including opencolorado.org, for Colorado government agencies and the citizens of Colorado to share information, interact among each other, and collaborate on improving how government operates.

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