Nominated as Civic Hacker of the Year for Construction Permit Heatmap

I was very surprised to get a nomination by Philly’s Pen and Pencil Club as Civic Hacker of the Year early this month. The nation’s oldest press club gave me a nod for the construction permit heat-mapping project[constructionpermits.phl.io] I did earlier this year while hacking weekly at Code For Philly.

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The project’s intent was to determine if you could see neighborhoods in change by tracking the rise of fall of construction permits over time.

Two other programmers¬†with Code for Philly projects were also nominated. Kat Killebrew, for her work with Cycle Philly(for which I wrote Technical.ly Philly’s article breaking the story), and James Tyack for Unlock Philly. I worked with James on Unlock Philly at this year’s Hack4Access hackathon, coding a map that showed Philly train stops in Google transit directions that were not accessible via elevators. We won the hackathon for the effort. Both projects do a great job of highlighting how you can use technology to both tell a hidden story about Philly, and prompt it’s citizens to change the city for the better.

It was really cool to be nominated.

[link] http://www.penandpencil.org/Awards/