Today I made a presentation called, “The Importance of Mobile in Urban Flow” to the University of Illinois Mobile Dev Day crowd. Here’s the presentation:
And here’s a pic from the stage:
Today I did an interview with the ABC affiliate in Champaign, IL after our meetup for the Illinois Open Technology Challenge.
Today I spoke on air with Afternoon Magazine on WILL-AM 580 in Champaign about the Illinois Open Technology Challenge.
This morning I participated in a discussion about the launch of Smart Chicago Collaborative’s Civic Innovation in Chicago project on WBEZ:
Bonus: Dolly Varden!
Additional bonus: video!
I am a student of technology history. I love to walk features, software and needs backwards into the past. Today I wrote up an encounter with a really fascinating person in Rockford who single-handedly created decades worth of municipal software. Here it is: Incomplete History of Civic Hacking in Rockford.
Here’s a snip:
This software, written by a single traffic engineer in his spare time in the BASIC programming language that he taught to himself— was used to determine proper signage, lighting patterns, street markings, and other elements of traffic modernization in Rockford for decades. It wasn’t replaced until the entire state finally migrated to a single system, with terminals in every police vehicle for the collection and dissemination of traffic incident data, circa 2000.
“I like to pick up manuals and figure stuff out”, he said. “The other software I wrote was to help with other people who had problems they needed to solve. But this one was for me.”