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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle seeks community ideas for government apps

4/17/2012  5:30:00 PM
Sabra Schneider (206) 684-8328
Kristen Glundberg-Prosser  (206) 386-0049

Seattle seeks community ideas for government apps
Share an idea, build an app and make a difference

SEATTLE - Do you have an idea for a new application that could help people use government information? Community ideas are needed for Startup Weekend Government, where technical developers will create new mobile apps and business ideas to help people better access government data and services.

Not a developer or technical guru? Not a problem. Residents can share ideas with developers at or come to City Hall Thursday, April 19, from 6-9 p.m. for the Startup Weekend orientation. During this event, participants will learn more about Startup Weekend, brainstorm with other community members and talk to teams who might want to develop community focused applications. Register for this free event at

Startup Weekend Government can help make government more transparent while also promoting small business development in Seattle," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "I'm excited to see the innovative apps people will create based on government data."

Join us for Startup Weekend Government Orientation
Thursday, April 19, 6-9 p.m.
City Hall - Bertha Knight Landis Room
600 4th Ave., Seattle, WA

"This technology summit is an exciting opportunity to call on Seattle's programming talents to help build apps for Seattle in an inclusive and forward thinking partnership," said Seattle Councilmember Bruce Harrell. "Mobile phone use in Seattle households has reached 90% and approximately 1 out of 2 mobile phones is a smartphone. As chair of the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, I am enthusiastic to see user-friendly neighborhood block watch apps to connect neighbors."

Projects like OneBusAway and Seattle Rain Watch were created by developers using government data in new ways. The Green Lake Park Tree Walk Map is a great community example of using public data to enhance our lives. An app may involve anything government does, from recycling to parks to public safety, neighborhoods, energy, or helping people in need. The City wants to encourage ideas from a diverse range of community members and interests. The City wants to encourage ideas from a diverse range of community members and interests. Available datasets can be found at,, and

Designers, developers, technology entrepreneurs, community members and government staff who gather at Startup Weekend Gov on April 27-29 will pick projects to work on during a 54-hour work weekend in Seattle's City Hall. Make your case to be one of them online or during the orientation.

See more about Startup Weekend Gov at Tickets for this event and the orientation session are still available.

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Browse available government data and suggest additional data sets at:

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