(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 25, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today congratulated the winners of the Steel City Codefest – the City’s first-ever civic software application (app) development competition. Dozens of the City’s best and brightest coders had 24 hours to turn government data into an app that benefits Pittsburgh residents, visitors or businesses. Three winners were chosen, presenting helpful improvements to parking, energy usage and open data sharing. The competition marks the first major event generated from the Mayor’s PowerUp Pittsburgh initiative.
“Steel City Codefest builds off of Pittsburgh’s strong spirit of innovation, collaboration and competition, and demonstrates the positive change that can happen when we tap into our greatest resource – our residents,” Ravenstahl said. “I’m impressed at the interesting and innovative apps created to benefit the Pittsburgh community and improve the City’s high-tech climate. Congratulations to the winners – and all participants – and thank you for your hard work and desire to make our city even more livable.”
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb 23, 20 teams – comprised of 85 participants – kicked off 24 hours of work to turn government data into amazing apps to benefit the Pittsburgh community. Participants were given access to City, County, State and Federal datasets prior to the event.
The creative apps provided solutions and improvements to many aspects of daily life in Pittsburgh, including finding and paying for nearby parking; submitting 311- and DPW-related problems; health management; perks and rewards for being green; civic sharing of open data; and finding nearby events based on interests. Of the 20 apps created, three winners were chosen based on civic engagement, technical sophistication, user interface design, and artistic merit.
The enLightened app enables residents to share and compare their energy usage and costs with others across neighborhoods, zips, cities, counties and states. It allows users to be aware of their usage compared to similar residences, share information about to save energy and cut costs, and take part in social energy conservation.
OpenDataPgh connects Pittsburgh’s communities with City government through an open data platform, empowering residents to share, educate and create a private-public partnership to enhance lives and solve problems together. The app strives to take the consumer of data beyond the tech community to a more mainstream audience through the use of a simple interactive app generator.
ParkIt allows a user to pay for parking from their mobile device, receive an alert prior to expiration and allows them to add on more time. It also displays a map to show an estimated number of spots available and presents an option for businesses to validate and pay for a customer’s parking.
Each winning team participant received a Nexus 7 tablet. The participants will retain ownership of the apps they developed, and the City may explore funding options and work with some of the teams to get their apps out to the public.
View details and examples of every team’s app here.
Learn more about the Codefest here.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687