Screenshot of vacant parcels from GTECH data set.
Today, Saturday, June 6, 2015 is the National Day of Civic Hacking. Civic Hacking events are being held all over the country and here in Pittsburgh. For the afternoon we have split into groups and are working on different challenges with open data sets. My group is working on comparing two data sets about vacant land on the North Side. Here are some of the things we learned from the data about vacant land on the North Side.
Data Set 1: Survey of Vacant Land on the North Side conducted by GTECH.… Read the rest
One of my favorite places in Pittsburgh, that I am surprised that more people don’t know about, is TechShop Pittsburgh. Hack Pittsburgh created Pittsburgh’s first maker space back in 2009, and continues to offer programming and events for Pittsburgh makers today. When TechShop Pittsburgh opened two years ago, it provided more opportunities for Pittsburghers to collaborate and innovate.
TechShop is community makerspace. TechShop is kind of like a gym, but for making things instead of working out. For a monthly fee, members can come to the shop and use any of the equipment. TechShop has a woodshop, metal shop, 3d… Read the rest
I am WAY late writing a blog post about the National Day of Civic Hacking, which is tomorrow, Saturday, May 31. But I want to make sure you know about all of the great stuff that is happening in Pittsburgh around civic hacking.
Pittsburgh Event for the National Day of Civic Hacking
OpenPittsburgh Open House
Saturday, May 31, 2014
10am-3pm (lunch will be provided)
Homewood Branch of the Carnegie Library, 7101 Hamilton Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15208
Agenda for the Pittsburgh National Day of Civic Hacking Event:
10 am: Coffee, Donuts and Introductions
10:20 am Welcome… Read the rest
I have been meaning to write a post about the last Code for America Pittsburgh Brigade Meetup which was held at the Studio for Creative Inquiry in February. But is has been a busy month – I promise I will write more about my experience attending the StartingBloc fellowship in Los Angeles at the beginning of march. I have lots of ideas to share.
At the February meetup the group decided to call the Code for America Pittsburgh chapter (other cities use the term brigade – so you will often see Pittsburgh bridgade) OpenPGH.
The February OpenPGH MeetUp is one… Read the rest
If you’re visiting Pittsburgh for the 1st or 500th time to attend a big event, you might travel with supplies and equipment. Luckily, you can use Spacefinity.com – an online marketplace to connect with friendly neighborhood residents to store your stuff around town. Here’s a list of some of the big annual events and the stuff you can put in storage:
Art – Over 10,000 visual and performing artists have presented work at the Three Rivers Arts Festival since the event started in 1960. With all of the creating, planning, and organizing, who has time to worry about tables, chairs,… Read the rest