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Photo courtesy Linnea Westerlind of Year of Seattle Parks - www.yearofseattleparks.com

Imagine yourself in Seattle 20 years from now. Or 40 years from now. Or maybe 60 years from now. What does your life here look like? Has our world adapted to support you in your later years? How can the city itself contribute to health, longevity, and a vibrant life?

On September 22-24, 2017, to coincide with the National Day for Civic Hacking and in partnership with the Age-Friendly Seattle initiative, the City of Seattle will host a hackathon called A City for All. At this event, you'll have a chance to work on these issues with subject matter experts. We'll have a mix of existing open science projects you can join and opportunities to develop new project ideas together with mentors.

We welcome market-based solutions, civic apps, data visualizations, design proposals – anything that your imagination and skills can offer.

We invite:
- data scientists with an interest in measuring accessibility, age-friendliness, and displacement
- designers and urban planners with an interest in proposing improvements to our built environment
- software developers with fresh ideas for using technology to make the city more accessible to all


WHY AGE-FRIENDLY?
People are living longer than ever – and as we do, our ability to fully enjoy life depends on how age-friendly our communities are. Are we isolated in our homes or connected to society? Are we excluded or respected? Do we have enough time to cross the street, enough benches to rest on, and enough restrooms to use, or are public spaces hostile to our needs? Is there housing we can afford in our city or do we have to leave? Are we healthy? Are there activities we can participate in and places we can make new friends? In short, do our lives have to shrink or can they get fuller?

The Age-Friendly Seattle Initiative marks Seattle's commitment to residents of all ages, including those currently in their later years and those who want to grow up and grow old in our community. You can learn more about this initiative at www.seattle.gov/agefriendly.

For those wishing to learn a little more, here are some useful summaries of research on aging in cities:
- Coming of Age in Aging America (4 minute video)
- "Ageing Cities" series from the Guardian (several short articles)
- "Placemaking for an Aging Population" from UCLA Luskin School for Public Affairs (lengthy, browsable report)
- "Ageing in Cities" report from OECD (lengthy report)
- "How Cities Can Design for Aging Baby Boomers" in NextCity (1-page summary of OECD report)
- Urban Aging, Social Isolation, and Emergency Preparedness (9-page article from World Cities Project)


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This event is being produced by the City of Seattle's Civic Technology Program (part of Seattle IT) in partnership with the City's Human Services Department, Department of Transportation, Office of Planning and Community Development, and Parks; the University of Washington's Health Promotion Research Center, Healthy Brain Research Network, and Urban@UW; as well as LeadingAge Washington, Thriving Communities Network, West Seattle Timebank, and AARP.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Friday, September 22
5:30-6:30 | Registration and refreshments
6:30-7:30 | Welcome and lightning talks
7:30-8:00 | Idea fair
8:00-9:00 | Team formation
9:00-10:00 | Project outlines

Saturday, September 23
9:00 | Breakfast & space opens
10:00 | Mentor sessions 1
12:00 | Lunch
2:00 | Mentor sessions 2
4:00 | Mentor sessions 3
6:00 | Dinner
10:00 | Venue closes

Sunday, September 24
9:00 | Breakfast & space opens
10:00 | Pitch overview
12:00 | Lunch
2:00 | Presentations
4:00 | Celebration


DATA
The City is releasing several new datasets for this hackathon, in addition to existing open datasets that shed light on the City's built environment. We will post a link to relevant datasets prior to the hackathon.


PROJECTS
Participants are invited to come as individuals or as teams, with or without project ideas. We'll have expert mentors on site to help validate ideas before they move forward and to help inspire bigger and more impactful projects. In addition, we will have a few "sponsored" projects with pre-defined outcomes for those who would rather contribute in that way. These include:

  • Make Access Metrics Accessible: Designing a Front End for Open-Source Access Measures

    As a member of this project, you will develop a browser-based front end that enables cities in the US and beyond to compare how spatially accessible destinations such as parks, services, schools, etc. are for different populations. Two engineering PhD students from the University of Michigan (Tom Logan and Tim Williams) open-sourced their R code to compute travel times between populations of interest at the residential parcel level and any destination of interest. They used open data and open-source analytics (e.g. Open Source Routing Machine, Open Street Maps, Open TripPlanner). Cities and researchers have expressed broad interest in using this code but need a user-friendly menu-based front-end. By developing this front-end, any city, including the City of Seattle, could generate access metrics and compare them to those of other cities.
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