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Hillsborough County (FL) Hackathon is a Sign of Increasing Tech Awareness (Video

Roblimo posted about a year and a half ago | from the hackers-meet-in-the-middle-of-xanth dept.

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The idea of the Hackathon was to develop either Web or mobile applications that would dovetail with county services and be useful for county workers, county residents or both. The winners got cash prizes, but many people on the nine competing teams weren't aware of them until the closing awards ceremony when the three winners were announced. But then, this is a helpful part of the country where, if an old person falls down on the sidewalk, strangers will rush to her side, whip out cell phones in case a 911 call is needed, and help her to her feet. A hackathon to benefit your neighbors is nothing but an extension of that spirit. One note: Several county employees said this was the first-ever government-organized hackathon around here, but there was a Tampa Mayor's Hackathon last June, and Tampa is the biggest city in Hillsborough County. But this is all good, and Hillsborough hopes to hold a bigger (and hopefully better-publicized) hackathon next year. Meanwhile, there are more home-grown tech events around here every year. April 25 saw the 3rd annual Ignite Tampa event, which brought together people involved in "technology, arts, communications, education, non-profits, the government sector and more" to meet with "the community" -- and local venture capitalists. And the inaugural Sarasota-Bradenton BarCamp is scheduled for May 2 - 5. And so on. Lots of events, many of which combine technology and the arts, which is always a delightful mix -- and one we look forward to seeing even more of in coming years, not only in Florida but everywhere in the world.

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Hack for Change - Hackathon (2)

tdc_vga (787793) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584533)

They're also holding a Hack-for-Change hackathon in June ( http://hackforchange.org/hack-change-tampa [hackforchange.org] ) -- Tampa and Hillsborough are definitely working to push growth of the technology center and open data within the tri-county area.

Hey IDIOT. Yes, YOU, MORON, Hey, ROBLIMO, douche (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43585295)

Roblimo, you stupid tool. State abbreviations necessarily DO NOT have parentheses when coupled with cities or counties. I know that you are a public school dropout like Timothy Lord, but PLEASE don't bother posting here. Claiming to have a "journalism degree" does not give you a right to claim poetic license so that you can ignore every rule of writing that exists.

Hillsborough County (FL) Hackathon is a Sign of Increasing Tech Awareness (Video

should be

Hillsborough County, FL Hackathon is a Sign of Increasing Tech Awareness (Video)

Notice also that I bothered to put a closing parenthesis in the correction.

Re:Hey IDIOT. Yes, YOU, MORON, Hey, ROBLIMO, douch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43585761)

And you wonder why Slashdot editors & other staff don't respond to anonymous losers?
Wow. What an asshole.

Re:Hey IDIOT. Yes, YOU, MORON, Hey, ROBLIMO, douch (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43586183)

^ haha, parent is referring to self. Tool.

captcha: incest

Re:Hey IDIOT. Yes, YOU, MORON, Hey, ROBLIMO, douch (1)

jampola (1994582) | about a year and a half ago | (#43587241)

get out much?

Fixed that for you... (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584543)

if an old person falls down on the sidewalk, strangers will rush to her side, whip out cell phones, in case a 911 call is needed, take photos and video to be used later for the lawsuit and help her to her feet

Close paren? (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584549)

WTF is up with TFT? A missing close paren on an article about programming? Are they trying to send a million slashdaughters into cardiac arrest?

Re:Close paren? (1)

bradinthehouse (1054328) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584749)

*twitch* My eyes!

Re:Close paren? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43584819)

) // end Video

Re:Close paren? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43584983)

) // end Video

Shouldn't it be </video ?

Re:Close paren? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43587775)

The article itself is a hack, after all, it's about hackathons right? So it makes sense.

they could have called it (2)

nimbius (983462) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584553)

"the Tampa Florida Hackathon: rise of the GNU Geriatrics"

increased tech awareness? (1)

Trepidity (597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584641)

Tampa was not aware of technology prior to 2013?

Re:increased tech awareness? (2)

roccomaglio (520780) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584947)

That is simply not true. I was working for a Tampa Bay internet start up circa 1995. Tampa was well known then as an technology area.

Re:increased tech awareness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43590891)

But most of it was gone after the Internet Bubble burst.

Re:increased tech awareness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43585827)

While much of the technology may involve binary states, "tech awareness" is not a binary state.

Are there really places... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43584707)

...where you don't go to the aid of an old person when they fall in the street..?

If there are then I'm glad I don't live there. Everyone there sounds like complete assholes.

extolling hackakthons on CBS News last night (1)

peter303 (12292) | about a year and a half ago | (#43584747)

As the latest, greatest new tech advance. I almost threw up. I dont think working all night or long days in a row is going to solve a lot of problems. Just Because Zuckerberg does it and Zuckerberg is rich doesnt mean its a good business model.

Unless you're black (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43585039)

But then, this is a helpful part of the country where, if an old person falls down on the sidewalk, strangers will rush to her side, whip out cell phones in case a 911 call is needed, and help her to her feet.

Unless you're black, in which case they whip out a gun to make sure you're still not a threat.

It really says something. (2)

SpeZek (970136) | about a year and a half ago | (#43585179)

But then, this is a helpful part of the country where, if an old person falls down on the sidewalk, strangers will rush to her side, whip out cell phones in case a 911 call is needed, and help her to her feet.

The fact that this very basic behavior that I would expect any human being to do (and do regardless of the age or gender of the person who was injured) is exemplary of a "helpful" part of the country is just sort of sad. It really says something about the rest of the country, if true.

Re:It really says something. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43585291)

No, it's not true. Florida is jerks.

Glad they didn't get sucked into a sinkhole... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43585575)

Glad they didn't get sucked into a sinkhole...

Creepy old dude making those Videos (1)

citizenr (871508) | about a year and a half ago | (#43587509)

He reminds me of Mr. Plinkett from RedLetterMedia.
I totally see him following that girl after the event, kidnapping here and holding in his mums basement (mum is dead obviously, buried in same basement behind the washing machine)

"better-publicized" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43587651)

I hope the next one is better publicized, I only live an hour away and I never once heard about this despite loving any excuse I can get to go to Tampa

Now, if only... (1)

meowgoesthecat (2872191) | about a year and a half ago | (#43590035)

...they could fix the traffic problem here, Tampa wouldn't suck so bad.

Source: 26 years experience driving in hell (also, voted 5th worse in North America).

Voted By People Who Don't Get Out Much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43591009)

Source: 26 years experience driving in hell (also, voted 5th worse in North America).

Voted 5th worst by people who don't get out much. Try, in no particular order, traffic in Boston, DC, LA, Dallas / FW, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, New York, Seattle (fucking sunshine delays! traffic backs up because the fucking sun comes out!), Atlanta, Toronto, Mexico City...

There are LOTS worse traffic cities than Tampa. Many of them already have advanced , extensive, and progressive public transportation systems including light rail, subway, buses, etc. Some of them have dense urban areas while others have Tampa's derided "urban sprawl".

Re:Voted By People Who Don't Get Out Much (1)

meowgoesthecat (2872191) | about a year ago | (#43591625)

The study was based on congestion factor. Not the actual amount of traffic. http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/articles/bn9/2012/7/18/tampa_traffic_among_.html [baynews9.com]

The top 5 are: LA, Vancouver, Miami, Seattle, and then Tampa. All cities that are also on your list. Of your list, I have driven numerous times in Boston, DC, Chicago, Miami, and Atlanta. Only Boston is worse than Tampa imo.

It honestly sounds like you have never driven in Tampa. Most out-of-towners I have met unanimously agree Tampa is one of the worse. The lack of public transportation (as you even pointed out) adds that much more stress to the road system.

Meanwhile.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43591939)

This rather more in depth and scientific study [inrix.com] lists Tampa at 19.

This, unsurprisingly, closely coincides with the relative populations of the various metropolitan areas. See theprimary statistical areas column [wikipedia.org] for metropolitan populations rather than city core populations. This shows the Tampa Bay region as the 21st most populace metropolitan area.

Free Labor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43590889)

This is all about the county getting some free development/consulting labor.

The county gets a new webpage, to include amongst a vast array of mostly unuseful and disparate pages [hillsboroughcounty.org] , with marginally useful information gleaned from public records.

The winner gets a cookie.

Yay! It's all techie and stuff.

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