I had the pleasure of attending a talk by and meeting Peter Hirshberg of the Re:Imagine Group last week. The talk focused on their work and trends in the use of “big data” in bottom-up, civic innovation by collaborations of artists, designers, technologists and activists. He covered a massive amount of interesting territory: city as platform, internet of things, sentient cities, urban prototyping, creative currency, collaborative consumption, tactical urbanism…
Some of what he covered is contained in this video. Well worth a watch.
Other things referenced in his talk:
Great story about a team in San Francisco that developed a municipal app, over a weekend, to collect data and help busses run on time.
“The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has every intention of spending a few years and untold dollars creating its own, more robust version of the tool. But the team hacked together the basic parameters of the SMART Muni app in a 48-hour stretch in late July, fueled by pizza and beer.
They coupled a GPS data feed showing the location of Muni buses with a user interface that could allow MTA managers to more easily spot and fix problems. It will also allow riders to glimpse delays they want to avoid, or communicate issues throughout the system.”
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