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Limit cell data to SMS (text) during emergencies

During major emergencies, the cell network breaks under too much voice traffic. SMS requires way less bandwidth. So, why not anticipate the next big outage and work with cell carriers to limit the cell network to sms traffic, thereby increasing capacity by 10x- 100x. This ties in with text to 911 idea someone submitted--which would be an essential component if authorities chose to throttle voice and video traffic.

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Open tennis courts

An app that would show the real-time availability of the city's public tennis courts. This would allow tennis players who arrive at court that is full to do a seach on their phones to see which nearby courts are not in use

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Litterwatch

The app would provide ability to report litter, dead animals, pot holes on our roads. Many times we find either litter or dead animals on the road but do not know where to report it. The app would provide the data to county so they can focus their road cleaning to the specific locations. User will be able to tap on the phone to record the geo location, or note down the nearest milestone or take a picture and send it to... more »

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All Things Snow

Seattle shuts down when it snows. This mobile app would allow the city and region to provide critical information to everyone, especially during those marginal times when it's either starting up or melting away and nobody is quite sure what's going to happen. Possible inclusions: --Metro Transit status --School closures --Requests for help by local agencies serving low-income and homeless populations --UW campus closure... more »

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Space

Do you need to find a conference room to hold a community meeting? How about teach a yoga class or a run a monthly D&D campaign? This would be an app and a website that allows the user to search community centers and other public spaces for available times and locations to hold their meetings/classes, and allows them to sign-up, reserve or pay for the space. Search criteria can be entered, such as number of people, price... more »

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Nearest Farmer's Market + What's Fresh

There are so many good farmer's markets around, but it can be challenging to remember exactly which ones are open when and where they are. Knowing what produce is fresh today can also help motivate consumers to find a market. This app would solve that problem. More creative possibilities are also there: for example, how could we help users build relationships with farmers? Would pull Farmer's Market locations from https://data.seattle.gov/Community/My-Neighborhood-Map/82su-5fxf... more »

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