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The Great Urban Hack Re-Cap by GAFFTA

9:00am on a Saturday morning, groggy strangers looking for loose chairs in Gray Area, some succeeding more than others at initiating conversations surrounding occupations, communities, and the general insanity that was the Giants World Series parade (though most kept these thoughts to themselves). So began the Great Urban Hack in San Francisco.

Add a dark roast and some bagels to the situation above, and a diverse group of programmers, journalists, designers, and academics come alive and begin to collaborate. The task at hand? Go for a walking tour of San Francisco’s dynamic and much-maligned Tenderloin District, speak to people and identify issues, and find out how journalists (hacks) and programmers (hackers) can work together to address those issues.

 

Open All Night: The Great Urban Hack NYC
on Hacks/Hackers
by John Keefe

Who is my landlord?
What are the politics of that restaurant?
When is the best time to catch a cab?
Where are the roaches?
Why do you call part of Chinatown the Lower East Side?
How can I be Pac-Man?!

These questions are answered by the apps cranked out overnight this past weekend at The Great Urban Hack NYC. The mission for the 80 or so journalists and developers there was to design, report on, code and create projects to help New Yorkers get the information they need while strengthening a sense of community. It was open to themes around news, politics, government information, arts, culture or education — pretty much any journalism or technology project that might help residents connect to each other or the city.

 

All the hacks from Great Urban Hack NYC

Live blogging from the wrap up presentations showcasing two days of hacking on civic apps at Eyebeam.

 
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