A mobile app that answers the question "What do I do with…?" a wide variety of items. Based on a simple keyword search or category selection, use GPS to provide mapping/directions and contact info for hundreds of businesses in the Puget Sound region that accept unwanted items for reuse, recycling or proper disposal. A website version of this already exists, but a mobile version would be much more useful for folks on the ...more »
finds and describes development projects by location, and tells how to submit comments or ask questions. Names the neighborhood group/s the developer is communicating with.
Washington State needs a mobile website or mobile application which allows residents to check campsite availability and also book and pay for camp sites. The program can be very quick and easy to use such as the hotels.com mobile application. Another nice feature would be to display the current temperature of the lake or river at that camp site.
I think this has been done elsewhere but it would be nice to text photos of various problems (a street light that's not working, a pothole, a damaged traffic sign, litter on a dangerous spot on a busy street, etc.) to a catch-all number and the app then routes that to the appropriate government agency to address. Then the app could provide feedback to all users - checking off projects as they are completed (all requests ...more »
App to find and share Public Art in Seattle.
Portland's app: http://publicartpdx.com/
A way to map reports from the street/field in a regional emergency. Residents could report what they know, governments/blogs/media could republish the pieces of the map specific to their communities.
When searching for a home you can get a lot of data about prices, comps, and photos but there's a ton of data from the city and country you might not be aware of. Pandora's Home is a targeted application (mobile and/or web) that gives the end user information about permitted repairs, electrical work, sewer cards, and other pertinent data people need to know BEFORE they buy a home. This app will help users know up front ...more »
A way to check Metro's lost and found database to see if anything resembling your item was turned in, and to report an item missing so they can match it up as soon as they get it.
Government relies on vendors to bid on various contracts. There should be a central location where public contractors can easily identify which government projects they might want to look into, who to contact for more information, URLs that lead to more detailed information, relevant dates, etc. The easier we make it for people to work with us, the less overhead they'll have to spend looking and the less overhead we'll ...more »
Collecting good data on crashes, hazards and thefts helps make cycling safer and helps government improve transportation infrastructure. We have version 1.0 of this site -- Bikewise.org -- but there's a huge opportunity to build on what's there, add functionality and scale the user base. I co-founded Bikewise together with Cascade Bicycle Club and we'd be excited to have a startup team work on this. Contact me: email@example.com ...more »
I want to be able to text messages and pictures to 911.
A guide to accessible wild foods. Visual identification tools and known locations map. Ample public road-side areas abound throughout the state, from which citizens could derive free basic nutrition. Buttercups, leeks, daisies, clovers, mushrooms, parsnips, chestnuts, watercress, wild lettuce, cattails and berries galore. I propose a moderated map interface, to provide free information to registered users on most likely ...more »
There is a movement across the country to develop animal abuser databases. Let’s start local and build up! By following animal cruelty cases as they move from the streets through the court system we can empower enforcement authorities, concerned citizens, and animal rescue organizations in their goals of increasing awareness and initiating public policy.
Where are those park and other benches that have a great view or are fun places to sit and people watch. Use existing data and/or crowdsource where nearby (park) benches are and let people add pictures and stories about life at those benches.
The Legal Assistance Finder app provides contact information and website links for legal aid and other issue specific organizations around the state. There exists a significant amount of issue specific organizations like the Northwest Justice Project, ACLU of Washington, the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence just to name a few. This app would help get those people that need assistance get in touch with ...more »
Some sort of at-a-glance app for major events which will impact traffic (sporting events, parades, maybe even planned protests and school breaks). Perhaps even events at Key Arena/Seattle Center. If feasible, road closures and suggested re-routes (i.e. Broad Street, SLU changes b/c of Mercer construction work).
An app that tells you what city office handles the service you need to access, including address, map, phone number, contact name if appropriate and website. For example, where to go to pay a ticket, get a business license, get a street use permit, etc. etc.
Identify from public data and crowdsource the easiest routes for wheelchairs, folks with limited mobility and parents pushing strollers. This could show publicly accessible elevators and other easy routes. It could overlay or analyze topographic map data. Also good stopping/resting points could be added. Eventually this could be linked to store and restaurant accessibility apps.
Based on my GPS location, connect me to the nearest neighborhood blog(s) and/or event calendars.
Mobile game that shows pictures and/or gives clues about state, county, and city elected officials and staffers so I can learn more about them and earn points for guessing the correct name.
This app would use geo location and the database of city parking signs to determine if your car is legally parked.
What's the emergency?
Wherever you are, when you hear sirens, launch this app. It will use geolocation to figure out where you are, then check police, fire, 911, and other data to see what emergency activity is going on near you.
It can sort by distance, and also translate 911 jargon into plain English.
Perhaps this is bigger than an app, but an app might be a part of it: let the citizens be able to deploy a Mesh Network of Wi-Fi access points that would join the city's emergency internet backbone or route around it if it is down. Ideally, we'd be able to re-purpose existing wi-fi hardware to do so. Wifi was a big part of relief in Haiti and it could be just as useful here for coordinating resources from the ground ...more »
This app would help people access limited english proficiency (LEP) services in a variety of government, medical, and legal settings, and what to do if they are denied these services. With the high number of people in Washington who do not speak English as their primary language or even primary speakers who do not have the language proficiency to understand complex documents, this would help a classically marginalized ...more »
A matching service for schools and community organizations that need things done and volunteers, ready and able to do them for free. Kind of a "task rabbit" for volunteer tasks.