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.
As the Blue Line was built and then in operation, how did property values and rental rates near the line change in comparison to the rest of the city?
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?
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.
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 »
Where can I recycle???? Where can I re-use??
Create an app where you can search for public art at Hennepin County Library by location, artist, medium.
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.
An app for county employees that shows;
-maps of the county buildings
-hours of facilities
-information regarding road detours or closures that may impact different locations
-Any maintenance/repair work happening in buildings
-Emergency announcements =weather/closings etc. (push notifications?)
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 »
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 »
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?
"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 »