Hamiltonians will be able to know where their bus is starting on July 31st and Open Hamilton is planning a hackathon to build the apps to make it possible.
Our hackathon is schedule for July 26th and you can register here.
Real-Time HSR Open Data now in Alpha
The Hamilton Street Railway is releasing real-time public transit open data to the public on July 31.
Open Hamilton members Joey Coleman, Matt Grande, and Anand Sinha met with the City Manager’s Office during the past few months to work with City staff and Council to negotiate access.
Anand and Matt lead Open Hamilton’s efforts, presenting to City Council on April 2, 2014.
Their delegation secured clear Council support for open data development, and funding to ensure the release of HSR real-time data.
Councillors Brad Clark and Brian McHattie worked with us to encourage the HSR to release the data, and lead efforts to ensure support from all of City Council for this release.
Limited Developer Access to Alpha Test
Open Hamilton has limited access to real-time open data for development and testing of apps prior to the public launch.
Developers are invited to work with this data to build applications for public release on July 31st.
The only conditions the HSR is attaching to our use of the data is that it be used solely for development (they do not yet have the capacity or stability for public consumption) and developers provide feedback to improve the data.
It is our hope to see apps developed and released for all major mobile platforms in time for the public launch. We also wish to see developers able to build applications for businesses along public transit routes. In other cities, businesses have promoted specials to transit users based upon the amount of time until the next bus.
Imagine, the next time your bus is running 10 minutes late, having the opportunity to grab a quick bite to eat (with a special for transit riders) while staying out of the elements instead of standing outside wondering what’s happened to your bus.
Hackathon Day – July 26, 2014
Open Hamilton will host a hackathon day (Free Food!) on July 26 to create applications and submit them to various app stores for public use.
We’re working to organize the event, and will announce the venue in the coming week. We’re budgetting $5,000 to the event to ensure all participants are well-fed and have prizes available to be won.
Why should I join a Hackathon?
This Creative-Commons Licensed Infographic by Code for America will help you decide if you wish to attend: