Hack Jersey

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And the winners are….

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 in News | 2 comments

At the end of the hacking yesterday, our 11 teams pitched their projects to our esteemed panel of expert judges, who deliberated and awarded prizes accordingly. Here are our winners in each category.

Overall winner

CrashDataNJ, crashdatanj.com, is an application to help readers sort and understand data from the NJDOT on accidents along the Garden State Parkway. This team’s prize is a visit to the NY Times’ R& D laboratory and lunch with VP Michael Zimbalist.
– Brian Donohue (Echolocation) @bthdonohue
– Noah Cohen (Teaneck Patch) @teaneckpatch
– James Kleimann (Ridgewood Patch) @ridgewoodpatch

People’s Choice award

Our participants and audience voted, and they overwhelmingly chose Because of Us, http://www.becauseofus.net/, an app that collects gun crime and homicide data by location and gives users a breakdown of the laws in their area and a way to contact legislators about the issue. Each team member of @becauseof_us received a handsome trophy.
– Marco Chang (Montclair State University) @marcoazn
– Margaret Kim @bye_margie
– Katherine Santiago (Newsday) @santiago_kat
– Dan Stratthaus (Montclair State University)
– Yvonne Leow (Digital First Media) @yvonneleow

Best Design

The team “Ladies’ Night” built a site called “Cost of Radiology in New Jersey,” http://pancaketheorem.com/stuff/hackjersey/, which allows users to compare the price of medical procedures by location around the state. This team received a one-year subscription to the CartoDB mapping platform.
– Jeanne Pinder (Clear Health Costs) @chcosts
– Jenn Schiffer (Pancake Theorem) @Jennschiffer

Best Story

This student team’s project is called TheFeed, http://schechterbusiness.info/hackjersey/index.php, and its goal is to create a forum for local communities to report crimes, particularly ones of bias and harrassment that might not get reported to police. Intended as a way to track attacks against the gay and lesbian community, TheFeed lets an adminstrator grant access to members of the community, while other visitors can see anonymized data and compare it to official police reports of bias crime. This team won a lunch with Jeff Jarvis, new media pundit, author of “What Would Google Do?” and New Jersey resident.
– Felix Alarcon (New Jersey City University) @falixalex
– Justin Guillou (Montclair State University)
– Spencer Kordecki (Montclair State University) @spence_kdeck
– Jessica Miller (Montclair State University)
– Alex Schecter (Montclair State University) @axschech

Best Sandy Project

The HackSandyNJ team worked on a project examining the effects of Superstorm Sandy on property tax assessments and the tax base of counties along the Jersey Shore. The team wasn’t able to deploy its project, but it showed great initiative, ambition and promise. The idea was to build the framework and maps so that future property assessments (including new post-Sandy ones expected within weeks) could be flowed into the application. The team has vowed to finish the project soon. This team won our special Sandy prize, passes to the Silver Ball Museum, a pinball arcade on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.
– Allison Boswell (Montclair State University) @allisozbon
– Samuel Carvalho (Montclair State University)
– Martin Campetta (Montclair State University) @themsukid
– Colleen O’Dea (NJ Spotlight) @colleenodea
One of the core missions of Hack Jersey is to create open source code that advances journalism in the state. To that end, all of our projects have hosted their source code on Github, and you can find it all here: github.com/HackJersey. Obviously, any code written in a 24-hour sprint will be far from complete, but it’s a great start. We hope our teams continue development on their projects and push them forward in the coming weeks and months. And if you’re interested in any of these areas, please fork the code, improve it and submit a pull request. You too can help us Hack Jersey!

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