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Lunar resonant streetlights

Change street lights to to use LEDs using lunar resonance to brighten or dim depending on the moonlight. (see Civil Twilight's site: http://www.civiltwilightcollective.com/lunar1.htm) This would save energy and darken the "white night" skies so we could see the stars.

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An App for Dog Owners

People that live in Hennepin County love their dogs, and I think an app with a map function that displays dog parks and dog-friendly stores and restaurants would be useful. In the summer it is fun to be able to sit on a patio and get a drink with your dog, but it is hard to find these restaurants that welcome dogs other than by word of mouth. A dog park map funciton would also be useful, especially for those who aren't ...more »

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Pothole Alert

Create an app which shows reported potholes on a map and has an audio alert system. Users can report potholes with the app or through the existing reporting page online and could turn off the alert if they're already aware of the pothole. Minneapolis has a city service reporting app, perhaps we could use some of their reported information on potholes?

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Accessibility Guidelines for Maps

Web maps are an integral part of a lot of our community's civic tech projects, and accessibility also is a core value of civic technology. Unfortunately, it can be tricky to navigate what exactly it means to make "accessible maps". The goal of this project is to generate a set of guidelines/ guiding questions, examples, and code snippets that civic tech groups can use in their mapping projects. Eventually, we would ...more »

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Digital Time Travel

Have a way to view/compare historical imagery plat maps, and maybe also incorporate historical census data, old photos, etc. Geneologists, local history buffs and other researchers might use it?

 

(Inspired by this project from the New York Public Library http://spacetime.nypl.org/ )

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App for recycling sources

Where can I recycle???? Where can I re-use??

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Free family activities

As a parent, I'm often looking for something to do with the kids. The libraries and parks often have free/cheap activities going on, but it takes some hunting to find out what's going on where when. I'm envisioning something where you could pick a date, then see on a map (or list), what activities are happening where.

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Show the effect of the Blue Line on surrounding property values

As the Blue Line was built and then in operation, how did property values and rental rates near the line change in comparison to the rest of the city?

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Map AED Locations

Set up a process to map/identify locations with AEDs. It could be done as a contest where people could form teams and win "badges" or points for how many they submit. Or, businesses could add their own as they add devices. Something similar was done out on the east coast somewhere (Philly or New York maybe?).

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Northside Digital Asset System

We would like to create a digital tool for residents of North Minneapolis to search for and participate in Digital Innovation endeavors. Currently, offerings are disperate and the community is in need a central rallying point from which work to close the digital divide.

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Connect PCAs/DSPs/Caregivers with Individuals Needing Help

##-- WHY --## There are roughly 40,000 Hennepin County residents needing assistance to live independently, like myself. Our society is asking us (e.g. older adults and people with disability/chronic illness) to more independently manage our in-home support services, thereby reducing administrative costs and slowing the rising independent-living costs facing our nation. However, most individuals/families do not have ...more »

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One platform - lots of community info!

Individual apps meeting various needs are nice, but what if we combined them into one main platform so everyone knew where to go to find things like recycling info, events at libraries, business resources, community engagement events, etc. etc.

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