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Got a community issue you want to build a tool for? Or an idea for a technology you want to deploy in Hennepin County?
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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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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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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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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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Platform for visual tours

Suppose a government org or a private group wanted to create a photo tour for a particular theme, such as the murals of South Minneapolis, or historic buildings in NE, or homes of famous people. Lets build/recommend a platform that groups could use and then donate the tour to a central public website that locals and tourists could access. OpenStreetMaps? ArcGIS?

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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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Accessibility Barrier Locator and Input Application

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.

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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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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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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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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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