City for All hackathon is a hit

Pandora for Streets/Smellevation Maps Team

The City for All hackathon was a big civic hit over the weekend. Nine teams competed for recognition and prizes at City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes room. The theme of the hackathon was to find solutions for the challenges of aging and accessibility. The winner for Best Overall Innovation was the Pandora for Streets/Smellevation Maps team which addressed several of the eight domains of livability in a single app. The app would also include paths in Seattle that present the best smells, sounds, views, and hills. Users can rank how important each aspect is to improve the algorithms of the app. The winner of Best Accessibility Hack was GoInfo Game which gamified the collection of bus stop information that’s crucial for disabled riders. The Winner of Best Use of Open Data and and Best Data Visualization was SeaSidewalks which developed a visualization of data from SDOT’s recent Citywide sidewalk analysis. The team came up with a mechanism for prioritizing sidewalk issues based on factors like proximity to hospitals and other key facilities.


Open datasets available for City for All hackathon

Image courtesy Linnea Westerlind, Year of Seattle Parks

In preparation for the City for All hackathon where data scientists will look at long-term solutions to answering the question, “how can the City contribute to health, longevity, and a vibrant life?” – four City departments – Human Services Department, Parks, Office of Housing and Seattle IT – have released  new open datasets. Together they contain nearlytwo million rows of public data that show what kinds of programs and services the City provides and who takes advantage of them.

Human Service Department



Seattle IT

The U.S. Census Bureau has released data about the demographics of Seattle in relation to age, ethnicity, and economic status. You can find that in a SharePoint folder here. The folder also includes data from Sound Generations about its Meals on Wheels program and tables from the most recent Decennial Census and 5-year American Community Survey that cross-tabulate age by an array of characteristics including household size, race, language spoken, income level, car ownership, and disability status. All of the tables are easily mappable and are provided at the census tract level, with some going down to finer geographic levels.

These data visualizations shed light on demographics, aging, and health in our city:

Special thanks to all the data owners and Open Data Champions for making this possible in their departments, and to the Open Data and Privacy teams for their hard work to release this data in time for this weekend’s hackathon.

Hackathon teams will present their solutions on Sunday, September 24 at 2 a panel of judges from AARP, Impact Hub Seattle, Microsoft Accessibility, Socrata, Sound Generations, Tableau, and the Age-Friendly Seattle Initiative. Teams will compete for recognition in four categories: Best Overall Innovation, Best Data Visualization, Best Accessibility Hack, and Best Use of Open Data.

Happy hacking!