Palo Alto civic hackathon aims to spur innovation
Original post made on Jun 7, 2013
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on Jun 7, 2013 at 9:44 am
It seems that the City of Palo Alto has finally gotten around to recognizing the value of having thousands and thousands of smartphones in the community, and the ability of these smartphones to allow their owners to report problems with various city serviceslike potholes and abandoned shopping carts. Pictures of the problem can also be uploaded:
I first suggested this in the mid-1990s, and have continued to remind the City of this sort of need almost every year since thenabout 17 years to get a response from these folks.
In addition to the current interface, it seems reasonable to expect the integration of other on-line communications tools, like Skype, Instant Messenger, and Google/VideoChat/Hangouts into the City's customer service delivery model.
I look forward to hearing about the success of this sort of offering from the City. Routinely we don't hear much about the success, or failures, of these sorts of efforts. Given that the future of communications, and computing, is moving into the mobile domainit's necessary for the City to move into that domain also.
The opportunities to employ new, and emerging, technologies that are available to the City as quite large, as these somewhat ad-hoc lists suggest:
Ideas Submitted to the Palo Alto City Council About The Use of Technology:
Well, this is a rather large stepgiven how far behind the proverbial eight-ball the City has been, to date. Let's hope that residents understand the opportunity being offered, and start to report problems around the city that too often have been ignored for too long a period of time.
I also suggest that the City Manager create a technology plan with 1-year and 5-year timelines, so that we can see what he's planning, rather than showing up once in a while with some new "goodie".
on Jun 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm
The Encounter of Walking Pod and a Talk with Scott Parenteau
by Kevin Huo
Bringing Maker Faire to Palo Alto/CityCamp -
"I want to make!" A little kid exclaims. Here at the Maker Faire/CityCamp Palo Alto, it isn't just your ordinary scientific convention.
It is robot's towering around, the technology that makes an adult dream like a kid here at the Maker Faire/CityCamp Palo Alto.
Meet the Creator ::::::
Name: Scott Parenteau
Residence: Sacramento, CA
Have you seen Star Wars? Ever think about the robots, the unthinkable machines. Wait, not machines but actual robots that move!
Well, Maker Scott Parenteau has created not only pods of metal, but a Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome inspired Walking pod.
It is a livable, innovative design for the future.
The walking pod can not only be walking, but is made of triangular steel plates that can be easily stored. As he has created an Aqua Pod, a Living Pod, but will soon hope to have a tree house pod, and beyond.
As a first time Maker for the Maker faire, CityCamp Palo Alto, he believes that everyone can create.
All you have to do is get your hands on actually try your best to make everything yourself. Plus, he recommends try cardboard first!
on Jun 8, 2013 at 11:08 am
Great coverage of a catalyzing event! The Watch+Design for Civic Impact Design Thinking workshops were also made possible by support from Leadership Palo Alto civic leadership an academic year-long program for accelerating civic leaders (now accepting applications for the 2014 class - email firstname.lastname@example.org) and KQED, presenting station for the PBS film, Extreme by Design http:www//extremebydesignmovie.com which is incorporated into the workshops. Let the civic hacking continue!