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 »
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.
Where can I recycle???? Where can I re-use??
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 »
Anyone that has Hennepin County data in a KML, KMZ or GPX file, can display that file with Gmap4. Doing so lets you see that data with the familiar Google maps interface together with features that include: 1. Mobile devices display a touch-friendly interface. Desktops/laptops display a mouse interface. 2. Geolocation (on mobile devices) with a symbol that follows you as you move. 3. Display a USNG grid. (Federal ...more »
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.
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 »
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?
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?).
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.
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 »
App would tell a parent/caretaker where nearby they can have early childhood screenings for kids completed.
Create an app that would allow users to input barriers to accessibility by storing the GPS location along with a description and optional photos. These barriers would appear on a map for others to use in planning routes and would also be automatically sent to the appropriate ADA Coordinator.
Make it easier for adults and families experiencing homelessness to navigate and connect with existing resources (e.g. shelters, food, supportive services, activities). We’re actively working to achieve the goal set in the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s 2025 Plan to become the first major city in the country to end street homelessness, and we know how important improving access to information about available services, ...more »
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 »