Open Guelph Hackathon 2015

Open Data Guelph Logo Two weeks ago I participated in the Open Guelph Hackathon 2015. This was the second year in a row that the City of Guelph sponsored a hackathon in conjunction with Open Data Day. However, this year, instead of doing a 24 hour session they did a seven day online hack which was open to all Canadians.

Details

For this year’s hackathon there were four themes – or data sets – that could be used. For my project I chose the Solid Waste Sorting Tool dataset.

Since I was working by myself I focused on building something using the Lean Startup approach. That is, get something working and then iterating on it. So, I used Visual Studio 2013, ASP.NET, C# 4.5, SQL Server 2014 Express, and Bootstrap to create a functional app in the time that I had. For this theme it was also requested that anyone who searched for items in the waste stream that were not listed, that those searches be tracked so the items could be listed in future.

After the projects were submitted, all the participants were invited to appear before the judges either by Skype or in person at Guelph City Hall. I presented my app to Mayor Cam Guthrie and various other stakeholders from the departments who would benefit from the software.

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Winners

After several anxious days I was notified I did not win. However, I was glad that I participated and was able to demo my app to the judges. To find out who did win, see this article in The Guelph Mercury.

So, a big thanks goes out to the City of Guelph for hosting this event and to Blair Labelle (@Blair_Labelle), GM of Technology and Innovation for the city, for spearheading the open data initiative in Guelph. I encourage everyone to follow Open Guelph (@OpenGuelph) on Twitter and to participate in next year’s event!

Auto Lease Calculator – my first Windows 8 app

My first Windows 8 app entitled Auto Lease Calculator has been published to the Windows Store.

The Auto Lease Calculator can help you calculate your monthly lease payments.

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After you have downloaded it, please go to the app’s Setting charm to add your rating/review.

The Auto Lease Calculator has been modelled on my Windows Phone App called Car Lease Calculator. You can read more about the app in this blog article. You can also download the app from the Windows Phone Store.

Finally, search my name in the Windows Store to see a listing of all my other Windows 8 apps available for download.

Debt Calculator – my new Windows Phone app

I have recently added two new Windows Phone apps to the Windows Phone Store. The second is entitled Debt Calculator.

The Debt Calculator will help you calculate how much your debt will cost you.

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After you have downloaded it, please go to the app’s About page to add your rating/review.

Finally, visit my search results page in the Windows Phone Store to see a listing of all my other Windows Phone apps available for download.

Prime Ministers of Canada – my new Windows Phone app

I have recently added two new Windows Phone apps to the Windows Phone Store. The first is entitled Prime Ministers of Canada.

This app helps you learn all about Canada’s 22 Prime Ministers. It will show you the dates they were in power as well as biographical information about their lives. There is also a picture for each leader. It is a great way to learn about the politicians who helped shape the country.

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After you have downloaded it, please go to the app’s About page to add your rating/review.

Finally, visit my search results page in the Windows Phone Store to see a listing of all my other Windows Phone apps available for download.

Ontario TOU Rates – my new Windows Phone app

My newest Windows Phone app entitled Ontario TOU Rates has been published to the Windows Phone Store.

The Ontario Time of Use Rates for Smart Meters app can help you quickly determine what the current electricity rate is for the current period.

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After you have downloaded it, please go to the app’s About page to add your rating/review.

Finally, visit my search results page in the Windows Phone Store to see a listing of all my other Windows Phone apps available for download.

Super Bowl Clock – my new Windows Phone app

I have recently added two new Windows Phone 7.5 apps to the Windows Phone Store. The second is entitled Super Bowl Clock.

This app counts down the days left until the start of Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013. The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Click the button below to download it today!

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After you have downloaded it, please go to the app’s About page to add your rating/review.

Finally, visit my search results page in the Windows Phone Store to see a listing of all my other Windows Phone apps available for download.

2013 RWC Sevens – my new Windows Phone app

I have recently added two new Windows Phone 7.5 apps to the Windows Phone Store. The first is entitled 2013 RWC Sevens.

This app counts down the days left until the start of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia. The official start date is June 28, 2013.

Also included are links to both the official website and Wikipedia so you can access additional information quickly and easily.

Click the button below to download it today!

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After you have downloaded it, please go to the app’s About page to add your rating/review.

Finally, visit my search results page in the Windows Phone Store to see a listing of all my other Windows Phone apps available for download.