Civic Hackathon Recap

The New Orleans Code for America fellows invited all those who want to increase the developer community in New Orleans to a Civic Hackathon this past Friday and Saturday. The hackathon allowed developers, designers, urban planners, community members and others to share how they think the city could be improved in terms of what type of data should be released and other technologies that should be taken advantage of.

Seven teams competed in the Hackathon:

NOLA Ready Logo Campaign is geared towards a logo design alternative for the city’s “NOLA Ready” emergency notification system. Similar to the system already implemented in NYC, a strong graphic is needed to encourage people to sign up for text and email alerts.

NOLA Tree Map project is designed to track the local tree data in the city through an open source app from Civic Commons Marketplace. One team member already worked on the data and found 200K rows of historical data from five different databases.

My504HealthNet links various free and low-cost health clinics across the city. The founder wanted it to be more than a website, so a mobile site was created. The site first lists the health clinics closest to the user and then they can be directed to a call button. The team is working on finding which filters will be most useful to the user.

CE Hearing Data Cleanup is organizing the data regarding hearing dates and times, to make it easy for citizens to find information and attend. The goal is to clean up the data and eventually publish it on

OpenBlock for NOLA is the open source version of EveryBlock, which puts all available data sets on a map. This team is working towards linking to a notification system based on the user’s area, as well as adding the data to Justin’s CE Hearings data so that it can be geolocated.

Hunting Down Business Tax Credit Data recognized the 47 tax credit issues in the city and wants to email the state department in attempts to get more data on the matter.

Data Mapping with Google Fusion is trying to get a contained dataset into a mapping utility via google fusion, and finally was able to use geopin to connect data to a location.

No URLs are currently available for any of the seven teams. Check back for more information and to see where these go!