More ideas

During the intro to the day some more ideas for apps and sites were talked about, including these…

  • A “shake your phone” app that would suggest random places to visit in Manchester and provide details of how to get there using public transport.
  • An app that sends you an alert when the last train or bus is about the leave so you have time to get to the station.
  • A service that tells you if a bus coming along is accessible for wheelchair users, people with prams / baby buggies, etc.

I’ll put up more ideas here as I get to talk to people about them.


Inspiration from Brussels

Though he now can’t make it today (think of the lovely lunch he’ll be missing!), Tony Seddon has sent me a link to the Brussels web portal for their city transport services which gives real-time updates of the arrival times at any bus stop.

He thinks that it would be really useful to have something similar in Manchester via a web page and / or as a phone app. As he says, “Many is the time I have stood at a bus stop where there is no timetable info and wondering when / if a bus is ever going to appear.”


David Bamber who’ll be coming along today is planning to spend time today working on his project SpendReview, which is an interactive infographic in Silverlight.

As David says, “Although what I’m hacking isnt really transport related (it was just to get me in the mood for playing around with some of the DataGM data) you could place it on the list – Ill be working on it tomorrow.”

So if there’s any DataGM gurus out there seek out David and give him a hand. If you’re not a guru then seek him out anyway and help him test it.

Swirrl and bus timetable data app

Via a tweet on the Twitter, I spotted that Bill and Ric from Swirrl are hoping to work on an app today that uses bus timetable data.

You can read more on the Swirrl blog about their thoughts behind this and the work done so far. Interesting reading!

Project: Go Genie

Alison from Pesky People, one of the attendees of today’s hack day, has asked me to put up information about the Go Genie project.

As Alison says, “I received funding from NESTA to build an accessibility platform that enables disabled and deaf people find access info online in one place called Go Genie including transport routes / data. As the event is very much about open data I’m keen to learn / network and throw the odd ‘what about our access’ and other suggestions around digital access for disabled people. I’m also seeking suitable developers to do the build so will come with some briefing info to distribute.”

You can download a PDF about the Go Genie project here, and watch this two minute video that illustrates how Go Genie might work on a website, which is taken from Pesky People’s YouTube channel.

Tell everyone about your ideas and projects

If you are coming along to tomorrow’s Transport Hack Day and are either…

  • Working on an open data project
  • Developing a transport-related programming project
  • Doing a general transport-related project

…and would like to get help from other people or just tell people about it, then please email me some information about it or leave a comment below.

I’ll put the information about it up on this here Lovely Data blog for others to find out about.

I’ll also tell people about your projects, ideas and questions at the start of the day so hopefully you should be able to find some people you can talk to and get help from.

If not, you might have to talk to me! Egad!