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Series: Hacking Common Wealth Happiness - Hackathon 1

Adam Laughlin

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

Series: Hacking Common Wealth Happiness - Hackathon 1

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Type Remaining End Quantity
Friday Reception 2 Tickets Ended Free  
Saturday & Sunday Hackathon 14 Tickets Ended Free  

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Note: If you're a non-coder or can't make Saturday/Sunday, you're still welcome at the Friday reception where we'll share more about the effort and future hackathons.  Sign up for a reception-only ticket below.

How do you quantify human well-being?

Join The H(app)athon Project, IDcubed, and the cities of Somerville and New Bedford in a pilot initiative to quantify and improve citizen well-being through mobile phone sensor data. Starting with a software stack originating from the MIT Media Lab and expanded by nonprofit spin-off IDcubed, we're creating open source applications that empower citizens to:

  • Visualize, understand, and act to improve their communities' well-being
  • Optionally share their data with their communities and city governments for greater impact
  • Fully control when, how, and with whom their data and identity are shared

Key takeaways from this hackathon:

  • A deeper understanding of data privacy issues and the problems the Open Mustard Seed (OMS) software stack solves
  • Understanding how to create applications that use Open Mustard Seed for personal data storage
  • An application you'll build to gather, visualize, and share data about your own life
  • Helping the cities of Somerville and New Bedford take steps to measure, understand, and improve their citizens' well-being

This hackathon is the first in a series. We'll start by learning about OMS and individually creating applications to get familiar. At following hackathons, we'll co-create a data gathering and sharing application for group use, extend that application for Somerville and New Bedford data, include data scientists and psychologists for civic well-being data visualization, and finally produce machine-learning algorithms that correlate survey responses, well-being research, and sensor data to determine community well-being metrics. Each hackathon will occur monthly and build on prior efforts. We'll continue learning and coding between hackathons, and all code will be available on github throughout the effort.

Coding will span a few languages as we progress: Python (Django), HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to start, eventually expanding in later hackathons to Objective C, Java, C and R. Learning a new language is not required. We'll expand team diversity as additional disciplines intersect.


Friday 8/16
6:30 Reception and socializing at IDcubed
7:00 Talk from John Havens, The H(app)athon Project, contributing writer for Mashable and The Guardian
7:20 Brenda Weis from the New Bedford Mayor's Office
7:30 Talk from Patrick Deegan, PhD., CTO of IDcubed

Saturday 8/17
8:30 Meet at IDcubed for a light breakfast
9:00 Learning and setup
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Learning and setup
2:00 Architecting and configuring your own data gathering app
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Relax, digest, and celebrate a good day together
9:00 Wrap up

Sunday 8/18
8:30 Meet at IDcubed for a light breakfast
9:00 Building your own OMS data-gathering app
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Building your own OMS data-gathering app
5:00 Celebrate with drinks, food, and optionally share/review your app
7:00 Wrap up



ID3 (idcubed) map
210 South St., #5-1
Boston, MA 02111

By Car: Though there is parking below the building, it is around $40/hr.  We recommend parking near one of the other red line stops, such as and taking the T to South Station.  One option, MIT's Hayward Lot, is free without a permit during all the Hackathon's hours.

Train (T): Take the red line to South Station.  Walk South on Atlantic Ave to Kneeland St. Turn right (West) and walk one block to South Street.  Turn right, and it's your first door on the right. (map)


What to bring for Friday's reception?

Yourself.  No laptop needed.

What should developers bring to the Saturday/Sunday hackathon?

A laptop and openness to learn.

Have questions about Series: Hacking Common Wealth Happiness - Hackathon 1? Contact Adam Laughlin

When & Where

210 South Street
Boston, MA 02111

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

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