Add new additional details to the county's parcels dataset. First and foremost: provide a count of dwelling units (housing units) associated with each parcel. The current structure of the parcels dataset can easily accommodate this new information.
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.
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.
Let's help our clients find jobs in convenient locations. Build an app that posts the name of companies, field of work, major job titles, and the number of open positions for job seekers on a map of Hennepin County.
Where can I recycle???? Where can I re-use??
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?)
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 »
##-- 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Have a way to view/compare historical imagery plat maps, and maybe also incorporate historical census data, old photos, etc. Geneologists, local history buffs and other researchers might use it?
(Inspired by this project from the New York Public Library http://spacetime.nypl.org/ )
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.
Hennepin County has miles of valuable bike and hiking trails. If this data were made available to the public it would create to potential for the creation of a mobile application to view location / directional information for navigating Hennepin County's bike trails from a smart phone - leading to more bike commuting and healthier residents etc.,
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 »