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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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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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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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Longitudinal property value and taxes

Public discussions of policy decisions, such as allowing high density developments, developing light rail, or building subsidizes housing are premised on assumptions about the effects on housing prices and taxation. We need open data about the historical value and taxes at the parcel level.

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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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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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Connect PCAs/DSPs/Caregivers with Individuals Needing Help

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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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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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Community Information Display

Libraries got new signage, awhile back, with a lighted display indicating whether the site is open or closed. To improve, add more display (like to show time, temperature, and other LOCAL info, such as snow emergencies, severe weather alerts, community events, etc. Many patrons thought the money spent on the signs could have been better used, although we explained that they were paid for by a separate fund. Since... 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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WheelyApp type tool for Minneapolis

From wheelyapp.com:

"Wheely is an application designed to help wheelchair and stroller users better navigate the New York City Subway system as well as provide a useful guide to accessible places in specific neighborhoods. Wheely features accessible subway maps licensed by the MTA®, specific directions and maps to subway elevators and reviews based on local accessible places. Wheely is founded by Anthony Driscoll, a... more »

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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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