Hacknight #114 with Brookfield & MAESD

Presenters: Brookfield + Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Presenting the Brookfield + MAESD Design Challenge

MAESD is launched the Student Pathways Challenge! This is a 6-week competition that encourages participants to form teams or work independently to develop digital solutions that answer the question: How might we help high school students gain a better understanding of available employment opportunities and the pathways to get there by means of a digital tool or resource?
The challenge website is provided below *as well as an eventbrite link to the Launch Event happening at HackerYou October 19th*

Launch Event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-student-pathways-challenge-launch-tickets-38411372449

Website: https://studentpathwayschallenge.ca

Announcements

Lighthouse Labs Demo Night: November 2nd

  • Come see project demos from Lighthouse Labs bootcamp students
  • 6-8PM @ Lighthouse Labs
  • https://www.picatic.com/TONov2017DD#

Code for Canada Fellowship Launched !!!!! 😀

Anti-violence Initiative in Kensington

  • All night hangout from 2030 to breakfast
  • Church looking for ppl to staff
  • maggie@web.net

MAESD: Student Pathways Challenge (Alex)

Did you hear that MAESD just launched the Student Pathways Challenge? This is a 6-week competition that encourages participants to form teams or work independently to develop digital solutions that answer the question: How might we help high school students gain a better understanding of available employment opportunities and the pathways to get there by means of a digital tool or resource?

The challenge website is provided below *as well as an eventbrite link to the Launch Event happening at HackerYou October 19th*

DemocracyXChange Summit 2017 – November 18-19th (Micah)

Democracy thrives when citizens choose to actively participate in civic and political life to drive change.

From citizens looking to advance the values of inclusivity, diversity and equality to neighbourhood groups coming together to shape the schools in their community, these large movements and small local campaigns all around the world are demonstrating the power of explicit engagement, technology, and new ways of organizing.

DemocracyXChange is about the practical campaign skills and tools individuals and startup teams need to connect and make change happen. Come join us.

EARLY BIRD SALE ENDS OCTOBER 23rd!!! Get your tickets at www.democracyxchange.org

Drinks and Hangouts!

  • Tortilla Flats
  • Meet out front at the end

Project Pitches

Civic Tech 101 (Sharly)

  • If you are new to Civic Tech, come and learn all about Civic Tech Toronto 🙂
  • Highly recommended
  • Join us in the SONAR Room in the back

Bike Parking (Jake)

  • All are welcome to learn about the project. Low time commitment: join us for a guerilla test!
  • Crowdsourcing better bike parking, tantalizingly close to a prototype!
  • We are #proj-bikeparking on Slack
  • Guerilla test subject will be rewarded with sweet, sweet candy 🙂

TTC Subway Performance Dashboard (Raphael)

SQL Transit data enthusiasts to help with data processing (so close!)

Github Repository: https://github.com/CivicTechTO/ttc_subway_times

Transit agencies are typically bad at communicating how good service is when service is good, and how bad service is when service is bad. Customers remember they’re more salient experiences: the bad ones, without having a metric of how bad service was. Meanwhile, transit agencies’ performance metrics do not reflect the customer experience, so we don’t understand how what they are trying to improve upon affects our experience

Set up a scraper to collect data on predicted arrivals on the TTC’s Subway network (no SRT), have stored in a PostgreSQL database. Trying to convert this data using SQL into observed arrival (and possibly departure) and also track observations flagged as delays.

After that set up a performance dashboard so customers can see how delays impact their trips.

Women and Color (Sharon)

Find talented women and people of color to speak at your tech-related event in Toronto.

Support needed to improve the CMS:

  • Front-end Developers
  • Back-end Developers
  • Full-stack Developers

Put a Dent in Toronto’s Homeless (Zach)

Looking for anyone who:

  • has knowledge of Toronto’s financial aid infrastructure
  • like the provincial and municipal budget
  • the divisions of financial aid (child aid, housing aid, employment services)
  • wants to helpout with the project! 😀 I’m happy to bounce ideas around with ANYBODY!

CHECK OUT AND ADD to the project at github.com/zacharydonsky/mincome2.0

Build Your Own Healthy City Budget (Scott)

  • interactive webpage that allows you build your own TO city budget
  • How would you build the TO City Budget if you got to decide?
  • TO City budget is ~$10 billion, but not always in ways that maximise population well-being, health, and potential
  • Website would be list of buget proposals with check boxes
  • e.g. Want to add 5000 subsidized childcare spaces? -$100 million
  • Want to build the downtown relief subway line? -$7000 million
  • Want to reduce subway fares 50 cents? -$50 million Or how about 2-hour TTC transfers?
  • Example from the states: google CFRB Debt Fixer
  • Looking for developers and people with the tech knowledge on how to build something like this!

THECARDED.CA (Sharky)

  • We use Human Centered Design (HCD) to change how policies are communicated to communities.
  • We aim to provide resources for individuals to reshape How Communities Hold Police Accountable
  • Question: If an officer is found guilty of racial profiling what is their punishment? who answers this will receive ( $5)

$Budgetpedia$ (James)

  • People to help with drafting Freedom of Information (FOI) requests
  • Help explore and break down Toronto’s Budget in an interactive and accessible way.
  • Comparing Toronto’s budget with other cities.
  • Looking for researchers for Toronto Annual Budget Scorecard Project.
  • Front/Backend web developers
  • Certified Accountants to review City Budget Practices
  • Communications people

Open Democracy Project – DemocracyXChange Summit 2017 (Micah)

Democracy thrives when citizens choose to actively participate in civic and political life to drive change.

From citizens looking to advance the values of inclusivity, diversity and equality to neighbourhood groups coming together to shape the schools in their community, these large movements and small local campaigns all around the world are demonstrating the power of explicit engagement, technology, and new ways of organizing.

DemocracyXChange and Campaign is about the practical campaign skills and tools individuals and startup teams need to connect and make change happen. Come join us.

We’re looking for:

  • Volunteers for the day
  • Communications specialists
  • Exhibitors

Waste Classification

  • doing image recognition to classify waste based on manufacturer

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