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Project Applications

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Boop! - Reach out
Brute Technologies



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The technical idea behind Boop is to use location services on a mobile device to offer a short selection of possible locations and a giant Boop! button which leads to a set of questions depending on the location selected.

The reason behind Boop is to press the giant button when consumers and guests notice something and need to make a comment but have no immediate outlet.

Once the Boop! button is pressed for a grocery store the mobile user will find a few grocery related buttons on the following view. Things like "long line, not enough lines", and "Cleanup". Once a selection is made the event is supposed to make it's way to a managers email address.

Boop! should attempts to make this possible through services like SendGrid and location lookups through Factual using the EntityIDs available. The email address for certain stores will have to be community maintained to some degree and possibly always CC the central assistance email for a chain.

Reputation of a location responding to Boop! requests needs a good feedback solution. Verification links in email where no login is required would be ideal.. however can be false. Allowing the.. booper?.. to close out a boop request with a status is ideal.

The end game here is to at least report when lines are long in grocery stores. In the long run it would be great to be able to report items grocery stored are out of or no longer stock that you usually shop for as well as make product suggestions (via UPC/Product Database ala Amazon or some such). It would be awesome to scan a barcode on a product and see other variations of the product where requests can be made (oatmeal only comes in one flavor now instead of three and you miss your favorite oatmeal)

Boop!



Learn2Code
Geoff Wright



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Spend two days learning to program with hands-on help from our friendly Hackateers! We'll be using the fantatic curriculum from Codeacademy to learn the basics of HTML, CSS and Javascript. This classs is low-key, low-stress and targeted at absolute beginners. All you need is a laptop and a desire to learn.


Also participated in the following hackathons:

  Spring 2014



Interactive Stack
Mark Barrett



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One of the hardest parts of learning low level programming concepts, memory corruption vulnerabilities and modern exploit techniques, is the difficulty in visualizing what is happening in memory. Debuggers and disassemblers can be cryptic and cumbersome to use for users first learning various concepts. People often give (bad) analogies when explaining stack operations and the security implications of them, when it would be far easier to understand what is happening if you could just see what's going on in memory.

With this web application we hope to provide more than just a presentation of various concepts, but a framework for building examples with an interactive environment for people to learn dynamically. Users can step through a code example written in C, one assembly instruction at a time and visually see what is happening in memory, like a runtime debugger. However, unlike a runtime debugger, users are presented with a simple interface that allows them to:

  • Move both forwards and backwards through instructions in order to review what is happening as many times as needed to get the concepts.
  • See explanations about everything that is happening with code execution, memory, and registers
  • Create new examples and publish their own tutorials on low level programing, reverse engineering, and exploit development

Initially users who want to create their own examples will have to provide several files: C source code, ASM source code, and a file linking them together line by line. After their data is loaded they can step through the code and add help info on items like CPU registers that changed, memory, and explanations of ASM instructions. Eventually we would like our application to generate the ASM and linking information automatically for a given C sample, similar to http://gcc.godbolt.org .



Spring 2014

Entertainer Registry
Art Council



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You can do this challenge as an individual or a group, and you do not need to know how to code. This challenge is plug and play so the only prep work to do is get other folks excited to work on it with you!

To participate, you’ll need a laptop with internet access, a phone with internet access, and ideally an app like Barry for iOS ($1.99) or Screenshot Ultimate (Free) for Android. (I'll give you cash if you need to buy an app, but I don't think you will.)

Your goal is to collect data on the presence, findability, and mobile readiness of the following key tasks, starting from the homepage of your local municipality.

http://hackforchange.org/challenges/digital-front-doordigital-divide-challenge/



Electology
Center for Election Science



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Most CMSs come with, or have a plugin for, some kind of polling widget. But the voting method typically used for these is the substandard plurality method--the same substandard method used in almost all political elections in the United States. We want an easily-reusable polling widget that uses approval voting. First web polls, then the voting booth!



Digital Front Door/Digital Divide Challenge
CFA Brigade

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You can do this challenge as an individual or a group, and you do not need to know how to code. This challenge is plug and play so the only prep work to do is get other folks excited to work on it with you!

To participate, you’ll need a laptop with internet access, a phone with internet access, and ideally an app like Barry for iOS ($1.99) or Screenshot Ultimate (Free) for Android. (I'll give you cash if you need to buy an app, but I don't think you will.)

Your goal is to collect data on the presence, findability, and mobile readiness of the following key tasks, starting from the homepage of your local municipality.

http://hackforchange.org/challenges/digital-front-doordigital-divide-challenge/



Dip Net Forecast
CFA Brigade



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A mobile app to track when the best time to go dip netting is.



If This Then That Alaska Recipes
CFA Brigade

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https://ifttt.com/wtf

If this then that is a simple programming language for simple tasks. Write a recipe to remind people to plug in their cars in the evening if the temperature is going to be below 20 degrees. What other Alaskan recipes can we create?



Pulse Point
CFA Brigade



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Pulse Point is an app to send out alerts to people that are CPR trained and have opted in to help perform CPR on people nearby in an emergency.

Find the data for the locations of AEDs (defibrillators) and the next step for providing location in a building and crowdsourcing the photo information for locating them and any other next steps in coordination with the Muni to bring Pulse Point to Anchorage.

http://pulsepoint.org/



SnapFresh
CFA Brigade

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help locate fresh food options that accept SNAP payment. http://appsforcommunities.challengepost.com/submissions/4812-snapfresh-mobile-sms-based-snap-retailer-finder

How can we provide more current information about farmer's markets and other places that accept SNAP? http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailerlocator



USGS Earthquake Reporter Recruiter
CFA Brigade

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Did Your Feel It? http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/

The earthquake in Alaska last Sunday morning, had 636 people fill out simple information like: Did it wake you up? Did it knock anything off a shelf? etc..

This information is used to help analyze seismic info for science.



Mobile-Optimized Lussac Library Renovation and Donation Page
Geoff Wright

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Help build a mobile-device optimized project and donation page for the Loussac Library Renovation project. The library was just given some funding for renovations from the State Legislature, and with a bit of direct financial help from local citizens we can help build the library that Anchorage deserves. This page can help make it happen!



Anchorage City Budget Review/Opinion
James Starzec



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Lets see how much of the City Budget we can resolve from Open Data and get it plugged in similar to the Baltimore Balanced Budget site.

http://balancedbudget.baltimorecity.gov/exercise/



Donor's Review
Ross Johnston



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Have you ever done home remodeling, car repair, or needed a plumber and didn't know who to call? You checked review sites, but were skeptical because all the reviews looked like they were written by some guy out of India.

Donor's Review is a really fun idea that combines both verified reviews and raises money for non-profits.

Most companies that do expensive services from Lasik surgeons to home remodelers would gladly pay a commission for a new customer. That amount varies by industries but could be as little as $50 or as much as $1,500

Donor's Review allows you, the user to give that commission to a non-profit. You as a user would select a reviewed vendor like Alkota Plumbing. Two weeks later, you will get an automated email that asks if you have done business with that company, if the answer is yes, then you will be asked to review the vendor. The vendor will ALSO get an email asking if business was done. When the vendor has confirmed that they have done business, an automatic debit will be sent to the non-profit of your choice in your name.

The reviews on the site are way more likely to be true because each review will cost the company at least $50 to make. Awareness will be spread through the non-profits, BECAUSE for a non-profit to accept a donation, they have to register their account with Donor's Review. They will be asked at registration if they would like to upload a contact list in order to make their donors aware of using the site. A win win for everybody, clients get a reputable service, companies have a marketing platform and non-profits have a new revenue source.

Donor’s Review is a great way to both find reputable businesses and raise money for non-profits!



#MyAnchorageIs
University of Alaska Anchorage



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I want to show Anchorage -- what people are seeing, where they are, what they are saying -- so that visitors to the website (participants in the project) have a sense that Anchorage truly is diverse and individuals experience it in diverse ways. The hope is that a visitor to the site can see (at the same instant) what is happening in mountain view, south side, downtown, etc.. -- again, to have a better understanding that not everyone has the same experience of Anchorage.


Commons Wordpress Plugin Development
University of Alaska Anchorage



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UAA Academic Commons at commons.uaa.alaska.edu. We need an LDAP Plug-in developed that will function to allow UAA authenticated users to log in to our site with their UAA credentials. We also need some general back-end site clean up and organization.



Summer 2013

Citizen Weed Warriors
Anchorage Park Foundation


Invasive species are considered one of the top threats to global species diversity after habitat loss. This proposed Citizen Weed Warriors smartphone app will empower local residents to assist land managers in controlling ecologically harmful invasive plants on public lands in the Anchorage area. The CWW app will use geospatial location data for select invasive plants on public lands from the Alaska Exotic Plant Information Clearinghouse (AKEPIC) database (part of UAA’s Alaska Natural Heritage Program, AKNHP)

http://aknhp.uaa.alaska.edu/maps/akepic/

App users will search locations (current location, address, local park, or feature) and a map with icons for known invasive weed infestations will pop up. The patch icons will graphically show if the patch is up for adoption, partially adopted, or already taken. Once they click on an infestation, they will learn what species are present and can click on each species for a short species biography (pictures, identification info and control techniques). If they like, they can chose to adopt an available patch and agree to help remove invasive weeds from that park or portion of trail. The Anchorage Park Foundation’s Invasive Plant Program will provide logistic and info support as needed, post an adopt-a-patch sign (perhaps with a QR code for more info about invasive plants and the CWW app), and follow up to collect data on invasive species control efforts. Ideally the app will ask them to submit info they found at the site (i.e., number of weeds) and then report what they did (I.e., hand pulled 151-500 stems of nasty species x, etc.) App users can also take a photo of an unknown invasive plant and submit this to AKNHP and/or UAF Cooperative Extension Service for help with identification.


Also participated in the following hackathons:

  Spring 2013



Spring 2013

Social/Interactive Accessibility Map
Access Alaska, Inc.


We propose the creation of an user generated mobile "Yelp" or "Foursquare" of accessible accommodations, transportation, restaurants, places, activities and restrooms in Alaska.

This could be used to provide extra information to other popular services as well.

Facebook/Google/Foursquare integration would be ideal for ease of adoption.



Mountain View: Past and Present
Anchorage Community Land Trust


Mountain View is one of Anchorage's oldest neighborhoods, and in recent years has begun the process of transforming itself from a stigmatized neighborhood into a vibrant community of first choice.

We would like to create a mobile app and accompanying website that gives a view of Mountain View's past and demonstrates the strides towards revitalization that the community has made in the last decade. Using a collection of pictures taken in the 1940s, '50s, '60s, and 70's, the application will create a 'before and after' picture of Mountain View. There will be QR codes posted on buildings for which we have historic pictures, and when scanned the mobile application will bring up a 'before' picture of the building in question. Users will be able to comment, take pictures next to, and 'like' the sites, and to share these interactions with their social media networks. The website will operate similarly, but instead of being activated by QR codes, will have side-by-side 'before and after' pictures. The website will also allow viewers to submit their own pictures of either included or new sites, and will allow for the collective creation of a repository of old pictures of Mountain View. Both the application and the website will have a list of the included sites, which users will be able to access remotely. The pictures, both on the app and on the website, will contain information about the past state of the building, and about the revitalization efforts.

We hope this application will make apparent the great strides that Mountain View has made towards becoming a community of first choice in Anchorage. Long-time residents will be able to re-engage with the Mountain View of bygone years and reminisce about old hangouts, while those who are newly arrived to the area will be able to see first-hand the changes in the neighborhood. By making visible the new buildings, businesses, and institutions in the area, this project will create an identity for Mountain View based around the positive changes in the neighborhood, rather than the stigmas of the past.



TasteTrader
Anchorage Food Mosaic


We propose the development of a web-based and/or smart phone application that allows users to input data underneath specified topics and subsequently allows other users to search, select, and be connected to further details on this data. In other words, we envision a Craigslist for food, or a place for people to share and take information for further food related community engagement.

Users sign in/access the site. Users may choose to search categories such as materials, appliances, and resources; land and harvesting opportunities; public activities, educational sessions, and events; skills; etc. Other users will have inputted data, for example, that they have a small backyard that they would love to grow a garden in but do not know how or have the time. They use the application in efforts to look for someone to teach them to garden or to essentially just garden their yard for them (i.e. this could be an opportunity for someone who lives in an apartment building and does not have access to a place to grow food). Another example is that of someone who is looking to learn how to dip-net, wanting to connect with an experienced dip-netter who is looking for a partner for their fishing excursion. Again, more examples include someone who has food processing materials and skills and is willing to donate or rent these to others (food saver equipment, beer making equipment, canning knowledge, extra chest freezer storage, etc.), or someone who is interested in Alaska agricultural policy who is able to connect with informational resources about current news and events that relate to labor rights, land trusts, food policy, etc. through the application.

The application should be simple and clear. Basic categories are outlined and the details within them are connected to a search function. The search function consists of options such as keyword and zip code searches. A general format exists for users who are inputting data so that consistency remains throughout the entire application. Users could have profiles that track the data they have been connected to and the data they have inputted into the system. Profiles could give the option of users providing recommendations on previous connections made, as well as personal profile basics (name, interests, contact information).



Fishery/Maritime Interactive Mapping
North Pacific Fishery Management Council


We would like an interactive map of Alaska and coastal Washington and Oregon that shows filterable criteria and will place vessels, home ports, target fisheries, gear type and fleet "membership."

Additionally, it would be great if vessel owners can add information that we don't have - such as crewmembers, info about the vessel, photos, etc.

A larger vision would be to add processors in the areas, with links to their employment sites, or linking to the alaska jobs site for fishing/processing: http://jobs.alaska.gov/seafood/processing.html; and http://jobs.alaska.gov/seafood/fishing.html. Something like where the processors can add their employment info (as well as all the other above information) - an example of an employment site by type of job http://mappedinny.com/



Out North Mailing and Donors Database
Out North Contemporary Art House


We have purchased a cloud database (Caspio) and need assistance creating fields and merging our old data (now in Excel). We currently have five different lists that all need to be merged. We currently have no means of tracking our donors/donations. Additionally, we legally need to track where we get our subscribers and that we have their permission to send them emails; currently all of the emails (appx 3,000) we currently send updates to have been gathered in no organized fashion for the past 15 years.