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Hackathon: Hack Boise Transportation

hackyouTreefort’s technology track — Hackfort — embraces the community spirit of the music festival with a civic hackathon. Join us at #Hackfort3 to build tech-driven solutions to the town’s transportation challenges.

Inspired by a call to action from the Boise Bicycle Project, #Hackfort3 asks developers, designers and civic hackers to consider: What data and/or software do you need in your pocket in order to get around town better?

Help us:
Make roads safer for cyclists, skaters and pedestrians
Promote and ease use of public transit and ridesharing
Hack public maps with useful public data
Build apps around publicly available transportation data and help liberate more public data
Build the culture of open data and civic hacking in Boise

WHAT: This year’s hackathon is open to individuals or teams who want to develop a web or mobile app focused on getting around the Boise Valley. All submissions must be open source, free to use and source code must be hosted on a public repository such as GitHub.

WHEN: Hackathon participants are free to start working on their apps now, however the official competition takes place during Treefort Music Fest, March 23-27, 2016 in Boise (must be present to win).

WHERE: A designated space at Trailhead (500 S. 8th Street, in downtown Boise) will be available during Treefort for all hackathon participants with wifi, coffee, snacks, camaraderie, collaborators, etc. Hackers are encouraged to participate in other Hackfort activities both at Trailhead and at The Owyhee (1109 W. Main Street).

DETAILS: Hackfort is open to all Treefort passholders and a separate Hackfort only pass is available for $20. Treefort 5-day GA passes are available for purchase here. Hackfort passes are available here.

Participants are encouraged to submit a working prototype, or more polished solution, on Saturday, March 26, at 9 am, which will be judged as follows:


App must be functional (not necessarily a final product)
App must be available on a public server
Appealing user experience and mobile friendly


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Polish, flow, consistent color schemes, graphics


The sky’s the limit; be creative, build from scratch or enhance another open source project

The Contest

Teams will get three minutes to introduce the team and the intent/creative direction of their app
All teams will participate in a brief Q&A with audience and judges (2 minutes)
Teams will set up their demos no later than Saturday at 9 am for show and tell


First Place: Overall best transportation-related app, demonstrating principles of civic life, open source, creativity and utility


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Four tickets to Treefort 2017 for winning team