What am amazing day! Over 102 people registered, 85+ showed up despite rain, and so many good things came out of the first Code for Oakland, including new APIs and datasets (see http://codeforoakland.org/data-sets), native Oaklanders blending with techies from across the Bay, lots of discussion and hacking to build Oakland-focused mobile apps for the FCC/Knight competition, and a resolve to keep the energy going (more on that to come).
Here’s the list of the winners–
$1500 Ramsell prize:Txt2work, mobile app to allow re-entering prisoners and parolees to search and apply for jobs via their feature phone. Team led by Elise Ackerman and David Chiu.
$500 Ramsell prize for youth,: BettaStop (@BettaSTOP), SMS app to allow commenting on quality of bus rides on ACTransit in Oakland. Team led by Krys Freeman (@bLaKtivist).
$1000 Mozilla prize: Redirectory, platform for allowing mobile feature phone, web and smart phone access to local social services data, focus particularly on parolee and reentry data. Team led by Randall Leeds.
$1000 Pandora prize: OakWatch, mobile/web project to allow real time neighborhood reporting via mobile systems. Team lead by Robbie Trencheny.
$500 Urban Strategies Council–for work with Re-entry Data API prize: Redirectory, platform for allowing mobile feature phone, web and smart phone access to local social services data, focus particularly on parolee and reentry data. Team led by Randall Leeds.
$500 City of Oakland, for work with Oakland files prize: OaklandPM, schema to use social sharing and city & OUSD calendar information to build a mobile tool to let teens find out what after-school activities are available and which friends are going. Team led by Jed Parsons.
$250 Full Court Communications prize: Contxt, mobile service focuses on SMS text messaging: broadcast messaging to community organizers. Team led by Tim Sheiner.
$250 Full Court Communications prize: Oakland Food Finder, mobile/web service for allowing Oakland low-income shoppers (and others) to find out where healthy foods are available in their area and for food supplies (farmers markets, etc.) to broadcast what they have available. Team led by Michael Bernstein.
plus an in-kind prize from Citizen Space, 3 months of workspace( worth $1350)–to be share by the winners.
Prize winners ($500 and over) sign a contract to launch their app and enter it in Apps4Communites and get the check when that happens (deadline for competition is July 11).