Make Portland's Schools Better
When and Where
Date: June 2nd, 2012
Time: 10am onwards
Teams will have ten hours to concept and create a prototype that addresses the challenge.
Successful ideas will connect Portland citizens to their public schools, and/or engage them in the five ways schools have said would be most useful - a coat, a can, a book, an hour, or a grand. The hack day will conclude with five-minute demos of each team's projects.
Lots and lots of time to code, demo at the end.
Here's the agenda:
- 10:00-10:15am: Coffee and Mayor’s Introduction
- 10:15-10:30: Background and Introduction to the problem
- 10:30: Get hacking!
- 7:00pm-8:00pm: 5-minute demos from each team
- 8:00pm prizes and a quick closing thanks!
On June 2nd, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and GOOD Magazine, we’re holding a Hack Day to explore how technology can be used to connect Portland’s public schools with neighborhoods and business.
This project emerged from a GOOD Ideas for Cities event that took place earlier this year. You can see the presentation on GOOD's site
85% of people in central Portland have no children of school age. This means that the majority has no natural connection with the school system. We want to make it easier for that 85% to support Portland’s public schools, and this event is the first stage…by appealing to the developer and design community to lend us their talent for one day to build on some of the ideas. And to invent new ones.
Our research with schools and supporting organizations showed that a few simple things – books, food, clothing and people's time – could make a big difference to students. We also learnt that there are many organizations in Portland that are set up to support schools in these ways. We want to build a tool that makes it easy to find these organizations, and to give resources to them.
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Designers and our partners will be available on the day for further conversations about promotion of the tools that we create.
We are also connecting with the Personal Democracy Forum taking place in NYC the following week, and hope to feed the best ideas into that event.