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.


Out to Lunch Concerts are back this summer!

Kicking off its 39th year, the Out to Lunch (OTL) concert series is back and bigger than ever, with live concerts every day of the week!

This highly anticipated outdoor series is bringing free, live music to downtown Seattle for everyone to enjoy. Both up-and-coming and renowned local, Pacific Northwest bands will be jamming all summer long.

Join us every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. City Hall Plaza, 600 4th Ave.

Thursday, July 6 12–1:30 p.m. Pearl Django City Hall Plaza

Thursday, July 13 12–1:30 p.m. Abbey Arts presents: Katie Kuffel, Paris Alexa and a live painter City Hall Plaza

Thursday, July 20 12–1:30 p.m. SWSPP City Hall Plaza

Thursday, July 27 12–1:30 p.m. Down North City Hall Plaza

Thursday, Aug. 3 12–1:30 p.m. En Canto City Hall Plaza

Thursday, Aug. 10 12–1:30 p.m. SWOJO with Gail Pettis City Hall Plaza

Thursday, Aug. 17 12–1:30 p.m. Cosmos the Band City Hall Plaza

Late-afternoon shows for the after-work crowd will be held on Mondays in South Lake Union to go along with regular lunchtime shows, Tuesday through Friday. This free outdoor series brings 47 live concerts to 12 downtown locations from July 5 to Sept. 1. Full OTL line-up is at

Please join us for an artist talk with Daniel Ambrosi

Thursday, February 16, 2017; 1 p.m.
Bertha Knight Landes Room City Hall
601 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Dreamscapes: A Collaboration of Nature, Man, and Machine

In conjunction with the temporary display of his large-scale artwork, Central Park Azalea Walk Dreamscape, in the lobby of City Hall, artist Daniel Ambrosi will present an artist talk, Dreamscapes: A Collaboration of Nature, Man, and Machine.

During the talk Ambrosi will explain his motivations and aspirations behind the artistic journey that led to his groundbreaking “Dreamscapes” computational photography project. He will share his thoughts on the powerful connection between visual perception, visceral experience, and cognition.

Ambrosi’s “Dreamscapes” employ digital cameras and a suite of graphics software to create immersive, vibrant, highly-detailed panoramic landscape images. He then transforms these giant panoramas using a custom-modified version of Google’s “DeepDream” artificial intelligence software to imbue his images with unexpected forms and content that is only revealed upon close-up viewing. Ambrosi will also discuss the broader implications and significance of collaborating with artificial intelligence in the creation of contemporary photographic art.