A New Endeavor! Civic Hacking + Recycling

After moving into a new neighborhood right before the holidays mass confusion immediately broke out on our street. It wasn’t me. In Austin we have a sliding trash pickup schedule during holidays and recycling is only picked up every other week. Being a nerd, I went online searching for answers to our cul de sac’s conundrum. The information was there, but only in a 35-page, 16MB PDF file…not exactly mobile friendly.

At the beginning of the year I approached Open Austin with an idea and have been volunteering with a team to create an app to solve this problem. It has been a fascinating journey with some really fun folks.

We have just submitted the app to Knight Foundation’s current News Challenge! Please check out the submission here and, if so inclined, give it some “applause” and/or comments. As described on the Challenge submission, Knight funding would help us extend the app to other civic services and other cities.

The app was also covered by GovTech here following Austin’s third Civic Hackathon which was held February 23 in conjunction with Code Across America.

About Kye Hittle

I’m tall, enjoy traveling, running and the company of good friends. Lover of [square brackets]. (OK, parenthesis too, which I overuse, and {curly braces}!) Professionally I am the Director of IT for a nonprofit and do freelance higher-ed, small biz and other nonprofit tech gigs. I heart technology used for personal and societal good.
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