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CityGrid LA Hackathon

The future of the World Wide Web is local. As we spend more of our lives on our mobile phones, local data and apps become critical in helping us find the restaurant for a lunch meeting, the bar where our best friends are Friday night, the local retail store to make our next purchase, and to interact with our city government to make the cities we live in a better place.

You can help shape the future of local, with the CityGrid LA Hackathon, a creative, local innovation event bringing together developers, local marketers, local advertisers and even local merchants to help build applications, data visualizations and other creative technology that helps define the future of local.

  • Event Title - CityGrid LA Hackathon
  • Event Location - CoLoft – 920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • Dates / Times -  4/27/2012 6:00 PM to 4/29/2012 6:00 PM
  • Event Focus - Build any local web or mobile application or data visualization

The CityGrid Hackathon is meant to bring together commercial and civic hackers to build the next generation of apps we’ll use in our everyday local lives.

Prizes for the Hackathon are:

  • 1st Prize - $5,000.00
  • 2nd Prize - $2,500.00
  • 3rd Prize - $1,000.00

Prizes are not linked to any particular API or tool, but are awarded to the most innovative approach to a mobile or web app, or visualization that is focused locally. Judging will be conducted via Twitter, so bring your Tweeps to the event and make sure they support you.

The event starts Friday night 4/27/2012 at 6PM to kick off the event and continue through Sunday 4/29/2012 with hacking completing at 3:00 PM and winners announced at 5:00 PM. Food and drink will be provided throughout the weekend, so come hack (even if you are not a developer), and help make our cities a better place to live!

The CityGrid LA hackathon is the first of 9 local hacakthons in different cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, NYC, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Austin. If you’d like to be a sponsors, attendee or would like to help organize a CityGrid hackathon in your city, contact us:

Socrata Releases New Cloud-based Mapping Solution Mondara

The open data platform Socrata just released a new cloud mapping software called Mondara, designed for users with no GIS expertise, allowing them to build online maps from existing data Shapefile or KML files.

While Shapefiles or KML files are probably still pretty technical for most users, with Mondara any users can upload existing spreadsheets containing address information, and turn them into online maps.

Mondara provides an online interface for creating maps with existing data, as well as enabling users to add, managing and combine layers within the a map, providing a lot of detail about your location data.

Once you create a map you can easily export the map in multiple formats including KML, KMZ and Shapefile, as well as share anywhere with Youtube like embedding.

It’s an interesting new cloud mapping service priced at $499/month allowing you to create up to 100 online maps.

I’m curious to see how the mapping service works with the open data Socrata has helped cities like NYCChicagoBaltimoreSeattleSan Francisco, Austin and New Orleans publish online.

At first glance, Mondara looks like a slick tool for all of us non-mapping professionals help make sense of, and communicate the message available in this flood of big data we see coming out of our municipal governments.

CityGrid Places HTML and CSS Template

When I first started working with the CityGrid Places API, I built my Hyp3rl0cal project, which is a basic business directory, with versions in PHP, Python and Ruby.

While building Hyp3rL0cal I wanted to show as much of the data returned from the CityGrid Places API search and detail. So both the listings and detail page are pretty bland and just show what gets returned from the places API.

I just finished my second WordPress plugin, and the listing and detail pages need to look better. So I created  the first template for business listings and detail page. I “borrowed” the HTML / CSS “look and feel” from the new CityGrid search engine. I cleaned it up, generalized it and published to Github for forking or download.

Your welcome to download and use in your own applications. It should be pretty straightforward to deploy. I will be offering it as a template option for both the CityGrid WordPress Directory Plugin and the CityGrid WordPress City Search Plugin.

I am going to build other templates, hopefully coming up with a lot of different configurations. Let me know if you have a template you’d like to share.