Midtown Buzz - Storytelling Hackathon

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST) - Sunday, February 9, 2014
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Start Time: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST)
Final Presentations Start Time: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM (EST)
End of Show: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM (EST)

Institute for People & Technology (IPaT)
75 5th Street NW
Suite 600
Atlanta, GA - View Map

Help Midtown Alliance and IPaT make Midtown Atlanta a center of technology innovation! Pitch your ideas – or join a team – we are looking for great ideas for mobile applications that tell a story and engage with a community to the benefit of Midtown. Web development and design experience is welcome, but not necessary.

“Storytelling illuminates who we are as individuals and as a community. Stories spark deeper understanding; they enlighten our minds and hearts. Stories light the fire of joy and laughter.”
- National Storytelling Network

“Modern storytelling has a broad purview. In addition to its traditional forms (fairytales, folktales, mythology, legends, fables etc.), it has extended itself to representing history, personal narrative, political commentary, and evolving cultural norms. Contemporary storytelling is also widely used to address educational objectives. New forms of media are creating new ways for people to record, express, and consume stories.”
- Wikipedia

The Midtown Buzz Storytelling Mobile Hackathon is your chance to build cool apps and win gift certificates to amazing Midtown restaurants, and other goodies. We will be awarding prizes for the best application representing each of the following categories:

  • Community Engagement: focused applications for sharing and interpreting experiences to teach, explain, and/or entertain.
  • Commercial Engagement: purposeful use of an application for achieving a practical outcome with an individual, a community, or an organization.
  • Technological Innovation: novel / creative use of technology to achieve Community and / or Commercial engagement

Join the fun, whether you focus on low tech or high tech. IPaT will be open for ‘office hours’ on Saturday (noon – 8:00 PM) and Sunday (noon – 6:00 PM). Come by to work with your team or reach out for tech support on a variety of tools and technologies (including available databases / digital assets, augmented reality tools, iBeacon technologies, Google Glass).

Final presentations will take place on Sunday, February 9th, starting at 6:00 PM, also at IPaT. Midtown Alliance and IPaT will award prizes for the top apps and will work with teams to help further their app development.

Midtown Buzz is an experiment in mobile innovation focused on engaging urban communities. It includes mobile platform and app development, open-source data curation, contextually aware environments, social navigation (via authentic tastemaker personas to 'feel like a local'), developer workshops, hackathons, trials, needs assessments and the creation of a Live-Work-Play "Laboratory" for exploring the potential of media technologies in creating a climate for continual innovation.

Sponserd by:

Community Partners:

Data Sources:

  1. All kinds of data from Midtown
    (wayfinding, transportation, etc.)
  2. Geocentric Feeds
  3. Govathon Data Sources
  4. Soket API (event calendar system)
  5. Midtown Alliance logos & design files

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All participants must be registered for the event and adhere to hackathon rules to be eligible to enter.

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All participants must be registered for the event and adhere to hackathon rules to be eligible to enter.

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How to enter

Make sure you’re registered for the challenge first.

How to enter a submission?

  • LOG IN to your ChallengePost account.
  • When you’re ready to enter your submission, go to the challenge homepage and click ENTER A SUBMISSION. You can also start this process and save a draft of your submission as you’re working on it.

*Note enter your submission and make changes to your submission before the submission period ends.

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Timothy Jordan

Timothy Jordan
Senior Developer Advocate for Project Glass

Beth Mynatt

Beth Mynatt
Executive Director, Institute for People and Technology

Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith
Chief Marketing Officer for Midtown Alliance

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and uniqueness
    How creative and unique is the solution.
  • Design and usability
    How usable is what was created and how well is it designed.
  • Midtown 'Voices' authenticity
    How well the application generates ‘authentic Midtown voices’
  • Engagement
    How well the application encourages local participation, e.g. through contributions, curation, group identification, reputation building, etc.
  • When in Midtown
    How well the application provides the user with a ‘feel like a local - insiders view’ of Midtown.
  • Community Building
    How well the application enables or encourages Midtown ‘community building’.
  • Meet the need
    How well the application addresses specific needs of the Midtown community members – either individually or collectively.