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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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Make an interactive Parking Meter map for Mpls

These two maps are begging for an interactive version that can be queried, zoom/pan, etc: http://www.mplsparking.com/Includes/CurrentMeterMap.pdf http://www.mplsparking.com/Includes/multi_space_map.pdf Many times I have squinted at these maps when planning a drive to the Guthrie or Convention Center, trying to ascertain basic parking meter info: hourly rate, hours of enforcement, and time limit. Make it easier for someone ...more »

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LiveCyle Forms with GeoLocation

Currently, Hennepin County owns Adobe LiveCycle. This allows for numerous possibilities that could be incorporated into ideas. The idea I'd like to propose specifically for this event, is to start building some forms that have geolocation embedded into the form that would then determine which service center or provider receives the form or application. (Based on location upon submission.) Could either make the submission ...more »

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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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Human Services Basic Needs Locator

Idea to create an application that allows a user to select what basic services they may need assistance with (food stamps, shelter, safe house, etc.) and then the nearest location to obtain that service (using both geolocation and geofencing). For example, if someone needed assistance with obtaining food stamps, the app can either direct the user to the nearest government building to obtain assistance completing an application ...more »

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Report bike and pedestrian trail issues

Create an app or tool that bikers and pedestrians can use to report any maintenance or trail issues that they find. Ideally it would include the GPS coordinates and allow them to take a picture of the problem. Combining this functionality with some of the other bike/ped ideas submitted (ie the interactive map) would be really sweet!

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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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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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