Lou FAfter the challenge presentations, we'll form teams. This is done fairly organically -- people walk over to teams they want to join. This process can result in some teams being too small or not having skills they need. To help mitigate that, we're asking attendees to consider being a free agent and allow the organizers to place you on a team.
If you are willing to do that, sign below, and when teams form, we'll tell you where to head instead. Then, we'll talk to some of the smaller teams and see what they need.
Currently have a basic RSS reader app with a responsive design that looks fairly good in the browser. Have a small MapQuest view on a tab on its own. Have the calendar RSS feed being processed and parsed into sub-fields that include date/time and location. I have a very basic geocoding process going (using Geocodio as Tim suggested), but the locations from the data feed are often very generic, local names for things, so I'll have to come up with a way of pre-processing them to more specific addresses. Probably a long shot, but I'm wondering if Alexandria would be receptive to including the full address in its news alerts. Of all the city council members I've heard speak, Justin Wilson seems the most tech-savvy. I could possibly see him willing to consider standardizing the address info of Alexandria news items.
So this is about what it looks like on a smartphone right now. This is just a scaffolding proof-of-concept sort of thing for now. I'll eventually be processing this text in a similar way to how email servers process email to categorize it as spam or not spam. Of course, the updates aren't "spam", but "interesting" vs. "uninteresting" works in exactly the same way. Looks like a great start; looking forward to seeing it.
There's a repository in the Hack for Western Mass Github group with some worldwide hunger information and other indicators: https://github.com/hackforwesternmass/hunger-story. The Python code isn't critical for the viz--it's just there to stash the source files and for transparency into the data munge process.