Friday, March 20, 2015

Seattle Asks Citizens to "Hack the Commute"

So say your city is having some problems with transportation. For instance, maybe there's a lot of congestion and constant construction happening. What do you do? In Seattle, they're calling in the techies and asking them to " Hack the Commute."

Between 80 and 100 coders, designers, data analysts and entrepreneurs are expected to participate in the hackathon that goes from today through Sunday. The event is focused on coming up with new ideas and tools to address transportation issues while considering the growing population and need to accommodate disabled people and seniors.

There will be prizes for the best ideas and a "championship round." Companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Inrix, Pronto, Socrata and Walk Score are providing funding and data about Seattle transportation.

This is a pretty big event and a big deal so I'm curious to see what ideas they come up with. I'll report back when I see the results.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.