Hack for Change & Hack Augusta Awards
Hackers do what?!?! Living in Augusta can be more awesome and participants in this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking at theClubhou.se proved everyday folks can make that happen. There were four main projects developed during the event, which was also sponsored by Augusta Sash & Door and Rural Sourcing, Inc.
Perry Levin noticed a need for better access to the city’s public transit schedules. Provided with the city’s digital files of the bus routes, he and Austin New began the process of writing the code necessary to send to Google Maps for the public transit in the city to be included as an option when seeking directions in the area.
Josh Sandlin teleconnected to showcase his creation of FixMyCity, a global positioning app which can allow anybody to inform the city of needed repairs or improvements.
Jennie Fleming is seeking to bring awareness to vacant commercial properties in downtown Augusta. The idea is to create a coloring book of these properties for people to imagine what a new coat of paint might add to the space, as well the signs representing the new business inside.
Travis Smith and Eric Parker developed an idea to make the area along 6th street downtown more pedestrian friendly. Recognizing the number of people that work in the municipal building and Unysis soon moving into Port Royal, this area of downtown will have enough people to support new retail and living space. Combined with the influx of people coming to work with Cyber Command, Eric and Travis worked out an idea to establish green space along 6th street from the Riverwalk to Telfair, build parking decks, improve the pedestrian experience with retail, and incorporate a cyber village.
Travis and Eric’s contribution received the most votes when the day was done and were presented with an award as part of the First Annual Hack Augusta Awards!
The awards also highlighted people and organizations in town who have created something to improve the community. This year’s recipients were:
You Didn’t Know You Were Hacking Award- Art Bomba!
Celebrating Our City Award- We Are Downtown Augusta Campaign
Improving the Ordinary Award- Greater Augusta Arts Council’s ‘Art the Box‘ project
Downtown Beautification Award- Operation Clean City
Why So Serious? Award- Eric Freeman, the “coworker’s plant guy”. Check him out here!
Best Addition to Downtown Business- HumanitreeHouse! Peruse their offerings here.
Best Use of Technology to Improve Human Life Award- Blackbox of Email Industries
EPIC Hack Award- Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman’s HAPPY Campaign
WJBF came by to do a story about the National Day of Civic Hacking which you can watch here.