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Hacknight #129 – with Project Night

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Date: February 14, 2018


Project Night – no presentation. Teams were able to work on their respective projects.



  • Co-creating Ontario’s Open Government Action PlanWe’d like to invite you to join us in co-creating our two-year Open Government Action Plan. With your help, we hope to find the opportunities that we can seize to connect, engage and share with more citizens in Ontario.We are crowdsourcing challenges associated with a range of topics, including purposeful public engagement, collaborative data environment, inclusive and accessible open government, and access to valuable information.Links to surveys for each topic can be found here: Please provide your input by February 23!



Project Lead(s) Description / Needs
Civic Tech 101 Patcon Description: Introduce you to Civic Tech Toronto and learn about one another. Please go here if it’s your first time!

Location: Pulling chairs around the main screen.

CodeAcross 2018 Planning Alex Hackathon planning for Code Across 2018 on March 3 at Toronto Public Library (Reference Library)

What we’re doing today: I’m helping with the fundraising team,

What we need: InDesign designer, someone to help with content

Budgetpedia Jim Description of project: See Bringing transparency, and understanding, to Toronto’s budget.

Advocating for improvements!


  • Journalists
  • Platform to encourage improvements in City budgeting


  • Contacting journalists and pitching to them
  • designing data warehouse for any (parts) of financial data from any government
  • Financial analyst looking at some FOI financial data obtained from the City
  • Arthur is here: working on first annual TABS (Toronto Annual Budget Scorecard)
  • Victor is here: improved accounting model for Toronto budget
  • data portal for budgetpedia
  • Henrik is here: developing CMS; doing research; Tweeting
  • research improving Toronto budget design; getting Toronto detailed data

What you need: Writers, researchers, ux designers, front and back end developers, people interested in giving feedback on budgetpedia

Keep in touch:

Bike Parking John Description: A webapp which will allow cyclists to drop a pin on a map of Toronto indicating insufficiencies in bike parking infrastructure. We believe that the most valuable data to improve Toronto’s bike parking will be crowdsourced.

What we’re doing today: Discussing our survey, sprinting towards our MVP!

What we need: Developers, Designers, Researchers, Data Analysts, Communicators

TTC Subway Dashboard Project  Raphael Description of project: Build the political will to improve transportation.

Transit agencies are bad at communicating successes and failures: leaving users with most salient experience in their memory: their worst one By communicating transit performance in a way that users understand, they might better appreciate how good transit is while understanding why it’s bad when it’s bad.

What we’re doing today: Scraping a bunch of subway data from the TTC, still working on processing data

What we need: Data geeks, A logo


Law and Design Team Avery Description of project: Improving access, usability of legal information. There is an access to justice crisis!

What we’re doing today: Hacking

What we need: User researchers, graphic designers, website builders, anyone with interest in legal issues

Women and Colour Mohammed Description of project: We are an open online platform to share advice and campaign technology with campaign teams running for municipal office.

What we’re doing today: Making some much needed (small) edits to the website:

  • Implement social sign-on
  • Develop search widgets for resource library, events, etc.

What we need: Web developers, designers & civic technologists interested in opening the municipal election process. Also looking for people that want to join and work towards leadership role on the tech team.


Chalmers Cards Zach Description: Chalmers Cards are laser-cut wooden handouts that explain how to access public resources for folks in tight financial situations. Stuff like toll free numbers for shelter referral, financial aid registration, and free legal aid.

The cards are laser cut onto wood so the information doesn’t get crumpled. Plus people think they’re cool so the cards don’t get lost!

These cards have been a real hit! I’m having trouble meeting the demand for these in the shelters on my own, so I’m looking for folks to help out with laser cutting them!

What we’re doing today: Looking for feedback on the latest Info Card Prototype!!

What we need:
-Graphic Designer to help design the card layout!
-Laser Cutters

Shelter Map Andrew Description of project: We’ve had a particularly bad winter, and ensuring everyone has safe overnight shelter is a challenge. We want to build a system to help frontline workers place people looking for temporary or emergency shelter.

What we’re doing today: Looking for people who are knowledgeable about the shelter system so we can define stakeholders we want to help.

What we need:

  • People who have first-, second-, or any-hand experience with the Toronto Shelter System
  • People interested in user research
Designing Public Engagement Tools for Government Ontario’s Open Government Office Description of project: The Open Government Office has been working with Civic Tech to design tools for Ontario Public Service (OPS) staff to help them better engage with the public in ways that are meaningful and consistent.

What you’re doing today: We have been collecting internal and external experiences, formed a problem statement, and now we will be focusing in on case studies that can help both the staff and members of the public learning more about the decision-making processes that influence public engagement.

What you need: Design-thinkers, researchers/academics, and just anyone interested in better engagement between the government and citizens


Attendees: 48

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