City Hackathon by Startup Atlanta

Govathon Projects

The citizens of Atlanta have produced many great projects during past Govathons. Our emphasis is on problems that can make an impact for the city, but you can work on anything that interest you related to our city focus. We are interested in improving all aspects of the local government and community from city processes, crime, poverty and transit to education, infrastructure and local engagement. Check out the projects from past Govathons below.

Govathon 3 Apr. 2014
Govathon 2 Nov. 2013
Govathon 1 Feb. 2013

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Govathon 3 Projects (Apr. 2014)

Projects from the 3rd Govathon, held April 12-13, 2014 in conjunction with TransportationCamp South and focusing on transit and transportation issues.

Tandem Best Overall (based on the spirit of a hackathon)
App for finding bicycle buddies. Since 60 percent of Atlantans would like to ride, but don't feel safe, one way to make them feel safer is having someone ride with them. This idea is to create a mobile app (think OKCupid meets Cycle Atlanta) — an app for single cyclists. To find a buddy, sort by level of experience, kind of biking (mountain biking, road biking, commuting, joy ride, etc.) length of ride and location. Also check if you're looking to ride with girls or guys or both. Connect and pick one of the recommended routes or just go out on your own with your new bike buddy. For extra kicks, it would be really cool if the app tracked your miles and somehow that became a way to raise funds for bicycle infrastructure (a desperate need in Atlanta). Overall, it aims to encourage behavior change by making it fun and easy to find others to ride with.
Team: Jenn Graham, Mitchell Lane, Jason Bishop, Lauren Langley
presentation | Demo | Code on Github

NavDash Most Likely to Warm a Data Nerds' Heart!
We want to build a platform for helping app developers sift through all the different data sources (GIS, Google Maps API, MARTA API, etc.), to make it easier for them to make the apps they want.
What problem are we solving? Developers currently have to tap into many different data sources to build their single use app (e.g. cycling, bus rider, etc). We will save them time by standardizing the data in a robust, easily accessible way.
Who would use our platform? Developers, app builders, GDOT officials, civil engineers, general public.
Why is this important? Government agencies output a lot of data, but sometimes do not have the tools or personnel to analyze it. NavDash's purpose is to make it easier for agencies and the general public to interact with the sea of available data, empowering them to create data modules as easily as they draft email.
Team: Chris Chan
Code on Github

Printable MARTA Schedules Most likely to make MARTA cooler
Many bus stops lack adequate signage for bus schedules. With thousands of bus stops, agencies lack the resources to update signage in a timely fashion. What if there were an easy way for bus riders and transit enthusiasts to print off & distribute schedules for their own bus stop. Transit enthusiasts will be empowered to improve the bus stops they use most & help get timely, accurate information to their fellow riders through the most accessible technology: paper.
Team: Jason Denizac
Code on Github

Bicycle Traffic Count Data Phoenix Award
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has released bike count data for various spots around metro Atlanta. One idea they had would be to overlay their data with Census or ACS data, potentially mapping it out in ArcGIS or an open source version (like R). There are two things they would love to get out of Govathon: 1) Innovative critiques on how to present with the pending report, website, and social media as outlets. 2) Questions they should be answering with this data. They have some in mind but they don't want to miss out on any that TransportationCamp South & Govathon minds would love to have answered.
Team: Katelyn DiGioia, Mollie Taylor
presentation | Code on Github

Bike Train Finder Most likely to start a party train
Get onboard our Bike Train! A way for cyclists to find, join or lead bike trains.
Team: Mathilde Piard, Rohit Ammanamanchi, Logan Vickery, Dominic Distretti, Kevin Coleman, Gummadi,
presentation | Code on Github

Team Chopper Most likely to find rockstar parking (Cobb. Co. & Braves app)
A group of senior Georgia Tech students are working with Cobb County on their final capstone design project, a mobile phone application for the new Braves Stadium and the surrounding area. The application features real-time and static information on the transportation, transit, parking, as well as the entertainment sites and events for this community. As a group, these students are prepared with the overall concepts and the general flow for the application, in addition to visual mockups, but need the technical expertise to bring this project to life. In a week and a half from now, this application will be presented to high-level Cobb County representatives with the intention of further development in order to pitch to the Braves’ organization in the near future. The capabilities and assistance of the developers at TransportationCamp South will enhance the profitability of this application.
Team: Winnie Long, Jamie Clark
Code on Github

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Govathon 2 Projects (Nov. 2013)

Projects from the 2nd Govathon, held at City Hall, November 15-16, 2013.

Our emphasis is on problems that can make an impact for the city, but you can work on anything that interest you related to our city focus. We are interested in improving all aspects of the local government and community from city processes, crime, poverty and transit to education, infrastructure and local engagement. Check out the projects from the 1st Govathon and the Data Sources to spark some ideas.

Projects from 2nd Govathon, Nov. 2013.

APS Bus Tracker (Atlanta Public Schools)
IOS application that enables parents to track the status of their child's bus. The application will allow parents to enter the bus number, select the school/stop from pull down lists, and display information on the current location of the bus and status (early, on-time, late).
Team: M Cole Jones, Andy Pruett, Jack Reed, Raj Singh, Gregory Pierce, Michael Flanigan, Nicholas Holloway
Code on Github

APS Parent Portal (Atlanta Public Schools)
Create a “Parent Portal” resource that will provide parents with key school-related information. The single sourced Portal will give parents access to material about news, registration, meal pay, etc.
Team: Randi Miller, Hector Claudio
Code on Github

Residential Trash Collection Schedule (City of Atlanta)
Create a standard website with mobile capability that will track household garbage pickup on an interactive map (show routing) for COA residents. Ideally, the tracking will be close to real time, enabling a resident to know approximately when to expect trash pickup.
Team: Eric DeCoff
prototype | Code on Github

Atlanta Budget Explorer (Finance)
Build a budget query tool. Through the tool, citizens will have the ability to access and view the budget for a particular fund or department and also compare budget to actual expenses. The tool will also incorporate “what if” scenarios where users can edit and prioritize expenses and revenue.
Team: Jon Keltz, Robert Crocker, Conor Sen, Jarod Apperson, Bob Nguyen, Khia Jackson
Atlanta Budget Explorer prototype | Code on Github

Vacancy Property Indicator (Planning & Community Development)
An interactive map populated by census data.
Team: Stan Li, Qian Xie, Fengbo Li, Zhengyang Shen, Shan Li
VisAtlanta prototype | Code on Dropbox

Inventory Tracker (Public Works)
Implement a barcode equipment management system.
Team: Brandon Moody, Robert Schneider, Alex Pate, Christian Villegas
prototype | Code on Github

Instructional Technology Educational Center (Atlanta Public Schools)
Develop a site that will allow teachers to locate technology resources that are aligned with specific standards based on subject area, grade level and/or course.
Team: Ruthie Hassan, Tara Loftin, Puvi Rajan, Anna Cho
prototype | Code on Github

Incentives (Invest Atlanta)
Build a tool to allow users to put in their address and view incentives available to them based on their location.
Team: Randi Miller, Hector Claudio
Code on Github

Innovisions Build (Hartsfield Jackson International Airport)
1) Innovisions build-out based on supplied FRD a. Idea management system designed by DOA b. Endeavors to maximize ideation flow
Team: Pedro Queiros, Isabel Marques
prototype | Code on Github

Exception Report (Hartsfield Jackson International Airport)
Develop a tool to monitor point-of-sale purchases at concessions in Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

Pension Benefit Calculator (Hartsfield Jackson International Airport)
Create a tool that will interface with the pension benefits database that will enable participants to query future benefits.
Team: Mitchell Lane, Jason Bishop
prototype | Code on Github

GEPP Database
Create a customer relations management database (CRM) that will track contact information (specifically emails) of pension participants.

Electronic Document Signing (Hartsfield Jackson International Airport)
Create a workflow tool for digital signatures. Originator will place a document in a queue for digital signature. Next, a signatory will sign electronically. Finally, the system will generate a report when the document has been signed.
Team: Andrew Neslon, Ying Yao, Larry Freil
Code on Github

Polls for Government
Polls for government, a platform giving users the ability to vote and voice their opinions.
Team: Orgesi Pandeli, Kleon Kita, Olgert Denas
prototype | Code on Github

Parking Availability System
Develop a system that will help motorists identify available parking spaces in garages.
Team: Dimitri Tarassenko, Julian Knight, Jon Pokrzyk
presentation | Work Document

Cycle Atlanta
Interfaces with route uploads, web interface, routes
Team: Mariam Asad, Mollie Taylor, David Bassendine
prototype | Code on Github

An app for Atlanta NPUs to keep citizens connected, know more about your NPU, when meetings are happening etc.

Battle of Boroughs
Telling the story of each borough. Build welcome kits, virtual battle, showcase the culture.
Team: Elizabeth Latta, Steve B, Richard Latta, Conner S. , Whit M, Landy, Erich H., Tucci, Monica M., Kirki, Artur
prototype | Code on Github

Find Your City Council Member
Create an App to find your Atlanta City Council member and district by address.
Team: Jordan Streiff, Gerry Pass
prototype | Code on Github

Vendor Application
Map that highlights what each vendor is selling.
Team: Nigel Cruce, Justin Miller, Manan Patel
Code on Github | Android code on Github

Predicting Crime
Take Crime data and predict the crime.
Team: Ram Prasad, Maria Stephens, Rhea Nara, Diane DeSeta, Felix Hu, Sharath Mekala
Research and Scripts

A website that lets people know where to go and how to get there. Any event that is civic focused.
Team: Matt Drake, Alex Oxford, Carson Britt
Municiplaner prototype | Code on Github

Adopt a School
Application to connect citizens to schools and the needs that each school needs. To crowd share the cost.
Team: Nigel Cruce, Justin Miller, Manan Patel
Code on Github

Help match the employee, employer and the skill provider

Mobile DL
Putting your driver's license into your mobile phone
Team: Izzo Wane
prototype | Code on Github

Homeless Income
Video Journal for Homeless People.

311 SMS
Ability to communicate with city customer service via SMS
Team: Steven Tellis, Mike Guardalabene

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Govathon 1 Projects (Feb. 2013)

Projects from 1st Govathon, held at Atlanta City Hall, February 22-23, 2013.

1st Place
ATL Crime Blotter (Atlanta Police Department)
Application provides incident reports and crime maps based on crime data by type and neighborhood. Provides digital copies of police incident reports that can be shared via e-mail.
Team: John McSwain, Jeff Lett, Eric DeCoff, Major J.P. Spillane (APD), Lieutenant Neil Klotzer (APD)
Crime Blotter prototype screens | Code on Github | Download Code (Zip)

2nd Place
Park Find (Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs)
Site helps people search the 352 Atlanta parks not merely by location, but by amenity e.g. picnic tables, tennis courts, etc. Users can, for example, filter for dog-friendly parks, or those with playgrounds.
Team: Kate Godwin, Kyle Petrovich, Patrick Stoica, Drew Pak, Kevin Coleman, Rob Fine, Tom Cullen (Parks & Rec)
Park Find Application | Code on Github | Frontend Code on GitHub

3rd Place
Using an NFC (Near field communication) RFID tag or QR code, motorists can feed a parking meter from their smart phone. Even more helpful, the app delivers a mobile notification before the meter time expires. Users can then head back to their car, or refill the meter from their phone.
Team: M. Cole Jones, Christopher Walker, David Hillman, Firaz Peer, Ilena Banks, Laura Mitchell, Randy Mitchell, Rich Griffis, Shane Matthews
Code on GitHub

IA² (Invest Atlanta)
Invest Atlanta Incentive Access helps business owners and developers easily find economic incentives - from small business loans, to tax breaks based on location - a particular property might be eligible for.
Team: Brion Mills, Serina Howard, Kevin Fancher, Granvel Tate (Invest Atlanta)

FOR ATLANTA - Focus on Results Atlanta (Performance Mgt.)
Replaces ATLSTAT analytics with a more robust, customizable platform to visualize and compare city performance data so that the city can make better, informed decisions. Also, provides a public portal to this data so that there is more transparency with the city.
Team: Felix Hu, Rajib Singh, Josh Cothran, John Munro, Peter Jin, Emily Love (City), John Zimmerman (City), Sean Dunn (City)
FOR ATLANTA prototype | Code on Github

City Voice (Customer Service, City of Atlanta)
City Voice gamifies customer service by allowing citizens to rate the city customer service — from employees to departments. Public can vote/recommend a city employee for the good customer service they receive.
Team: Jennifer Demis, Jeremi Chrioni, Mario Clark, Maryrose Solis, Yvonne Dodd, Anitha Vadavatha, Mark Xie, Ric Geyer (City)

Vesta (GA Law for Homeless)
A web portal listing current available resources for the homeless and agencies working with the homeless. The portal includes information such as which shelters have available beds, who is serving meals and when, who has available clothing, who has available rental assistance, housing resources, legal resources, etc.
Team: Darius Riggins, Jenny Everett, Emmma Hetherington, Eugene Medynskiy, Sophia Voychehovski

AB (Atlanta Beltline)
A health tracking application that promotes the use of Atlanta's Beltline. It tracks the user's walking, running, cycling activity and route on the BeltLine. Users can see who else has checked in at the trail, what activities they are doing; and how crowded the BeltLine is at any given time.
Team: Linda Schwarz, Mallick Huggahalli, Nicholas Holloway, Jodie Locklear, Lisa Gordon (Beltline)
AB prototype screenshots | Code on GitHub

Vacant (Planning and Community Development)
Users send photos and street address of vacant homes and property to local government via tool. Helps city planning and developers identify pockets of blight for future development.
Team: Eldon Stegell, Jesse Rankin, Stefan Koenig, Andrew Nelson, Musa Siddeeq, Commissioner James Shelby (City), Rodney Milton (City)
Vacant prototype | Code on Github

Point A (Atlanta Street Car)
Point A alerts city residents and small businesses about street closures, construction, and traffic delays throughout the city so they can better plan when traveling through the city. City can add road closures in real time and is connected to a twitter feed for real time updates
Team: Reese McCraine (City) Point A prototype

Be Verified (Department of Finance)
Be Verified lists businesses near the person querying, via GPS, that had a valid business license, so anyone could verify that a business had a current business license.
Team: Logan Gray, Kevin Bandy, Alfonso Pinan (City)
Be Verified prototype site (Department of Finance)
City of Atlanta budget query tool. Makes the budget search-able, by department or fund type. Answers questions such as, "How much does the city spend on fire trucks"?
Team: Lukas Bradley, Michael Jezierny, Antrameka Knight, Alfonso Pinan (City) prototype

Red Alert (Department of Information Technology)
Help citizens report crime in real time and alert a close police officer. Officers have access to a crime victim map that also shows proximity. Officers can file police report through app with simple interface and comments.
Team: Rommel Garcia
Red Alert prototype

MeMarf (Idea Group)
Crowd-sourced thinking website brings together people with ideas, investors, brokers, and the resources necessary to launch an idea.
Team: Mark Flowers, Abdullah Bokhari, Ashia Sims, Daniel Flores
MeMarf prototype

City Zen
City Zen engages citizens to make make government participation easier. The website allows citizens to post petitions for government action and drive signatures via social media. It also includes an easy-to-understand, real-time feed of new legislation.
Team: Dustin Goodman, Peter Park, Brendan Isham, Peter Huddleston, Andrea Tramble, Angela Warner, Suvrat Jain
Code on GitHub

Gardener Exchange
Grow community, meet people

Civic Spaces
Recycle vacant storefronts and office space. Web portal connects landlords with nonprofits who could use the property for pop-up art galleries, meeting areas, or farmers markets.

Block Hero (Report a Pothole)
Application uses crowd-sourced data and pictures from citizens about potholes and road hazards to document and report to city's public works department.
Team: Michael Beyrouti, Samantha Mach, Andrew Ho, Vaughn Dabney, Sheefeni Hauwanga, Alex Lowe, Becca Posey, Elyse Klova, Kyle Azevedo, Havana Nguyen, Ramon Creese (City)
Block Hero prototype | Code on Github | Landing page on GitHub

Engage Atlanta
Idea portal allows communities to set up goals for civic projects and solicit signatures. When enough signatures are received, the project is made public so people may crowd-fund project.
Team: John Kirkley
Engage Atlanta prototype

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