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Help market responsive design!

The State of Minnesota has created a pretty comprehensive public resource for project leaders, designers, developers and anyone else involved in mobile accessibility at http://innovation.mn.gov/mobileguide as a how-to for creating responsive content and apps. As with any new tech, the guide will become dated if it's not kept current. Help us turn this "fixed" resource into a dynamic one by creating a model for maintaining ...more »

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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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ACCESSIBLE SKYWAYS!

The Skyway system in Minneapolis is confusing... very very confusing. Now imagine trying to find your way around without being able to see! Good luck. Help us answer the the questions "How might we help people navigate the skyways in a multi-sensory way?" Using recent advances in geo-location and proximity based technology (see the "Blue Bean" from Punch Through Labs) we can create an app (or other technology) that ...more »

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Add additional search capabilities to the Park Interactive Map

The interactive park map is a fantastic application and it would be great to build upon it to give users more search capabilities. A few enhancements could include the following:

 

1. Implement additional search capabilities such as the ability to search for activities (ie: ice skating rinks).

 

2. Add typeahead to the search bar.

 

3. Allow users to select their location or a location on the map.

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Jobs Finder

Let's help our clients find jobs in convenient locations. Build an app that posts the name of companies, field of work, major job titles, and the number of open positions for job seekers on a map of Hennepin County.

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Where do I find Childhood Screening locations?!?

App would tell a parent/caretaker where nearby they can have early childhood screenings for kids completed.

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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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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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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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The Uber of Language Interpreting

I'm working the reception desk. Someone asked me a question in Laotian? Spanish? Russian? Help! I don't speak those languages. "ding!" I send out an SOS on my language apps. Nearby employee with that language skill quickly responds and zooms in to help. Hola, ¿En qué puedo ayudarle? ວິທີການ​ຂ້າພະເຈົ້າ​ອາດຈະຊ່ວຍທ່ານ. как я могу вам помочь Problem solved! customer service - 5 stars! Diversity & Inclusion core value reflective ...more »

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Public Art at Public LIbraries

Create an app where you can search for public art at Hennepin County Library by location, artist, medium.

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Real-Time Public Transit App

Buses are great, except when they are early or really late, or there's a detour you didn't realize was in effect. Same for the lightrail, although it doesn't experience time problems as much. What would be really helpful is an app that has all the stops for all the public transportation, what buses stop there (with the option to see the route right there on the map), and most importantly, where the bus is RIGHT NOW. ...more »

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