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Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Hackathon seeks tech solutions to empower Seattle commuters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/5/2015  1:30:00 PM
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Megan Erb  (206) 233-8736


Hackathon seeks tech solutions to empower Seattle commuters
Tech professionals can now register to participate in March 20-22 “Hack the Commute” hackathon weekend   

SEATTLE - Hack the Commute Seattle, a civic transportation hackathon organized by the City of Seattle and Commute Seattle, will take place from Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22 at the offices of Moz (1110 Second Avenue, Suite 500) in downtown Seattle. The purpose of the hackathon is to facilitate the design of better tech-based tools for commuters to navigate the City’s ongoing development and construction disruptions. Technology professionals including data analysts, developers and designers are invited to register and join the hackathon.

Hackathon teams will compete to develop new apps, improvements for existing apps, data visualizations or other design hacks to improve commuter outcomes. Three hackathon teams will be selected for the best concepts and advance to a Championship Round in April held at City Hall. Championship Round judges will include leadership from Seattle’s government and tech community. The winning team of the Championship Round will have their tool recognized in a City ceremony.

“With Seattle’s unprecedented growth, people are craving new technology tools to help them get where they want to go,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Seattle’s tech community includes the brightest innovators in the world and we expect folks to build on past solutions like the ‘One Bus Away’ app.”

The hackathon will include breakout group sessions dedicated to different elements that contribute to smarter, more efficient commuting and wayfinding, including: navigating construction-related impacts, multi-modal trip planning, pedestrian and bike safety, cycling, parking, accessibility and signage/design. Participating organizations will include the Seattle Department of Transportation, King County Metro, SoundTransit, Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, Cascade Bicycle Club and Seattle Greenways. 

Transportation & technology professionals can register for the hackathon at http://hackthecommute.brownpapertickets.com. Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged. 

The hackathon’s headline sponsor is Microsoft. Corporate partners include Amazon Web Services, Inrix, Pronto!, Socrata and Walk Score. Data sets and API keys will be hosted at communities.socrata.com/catalogs/hack-the-commute for perusal before the event. The public is also invited to submit app ideas at reddit.com/r/hackthecommute.

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