Open All Night: The Great Urban Hack NYC | Hacks/Hackers

Open All Night: The Great Urban Hack NYC
on Hacks/Hackers
by John Keefe

Who is my landlord?
What are the politics of that restaurant?
When is the best time to catch a cab?
Where are the roaches?
Why do you call part of Chinatown the Lower East Side?
How can I be Pac-Man?!

These questions are answered by the apps cranked out overnight this past weekend at The Great Urban Hack NYC. The mission for the 80 or so journalists and developers there was to design, report on, code and create projects to help New Yorkers get the information they need while strengthening a sense of community. It was open to themes around news, politics, government information, arts, culture or education — pretty much any journalism or technology project that might help residents connect to each other or the city.

A culmination of months of discussion between Hacks/Hackers NYC and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. The sponsorship came from Aol, WNYC Radio, the Knight News Challenge, and Google...