First Ever Twin Cities Mashup Competition: The Spatial Hotdish Comes to St. Paul
By Mike Dolbow, News Editor
On Friday, May 18th, 2012, a spatial mashup competition came to the Twin Cities in the form of an event called the Spatial Hotdish. To our knowledge, this was the first such competition in the region that challenged developers and GIS professionals to team up and create new maps in interesting ways in a short amount of time. In under four hours, participants were able to create interesting products and share their work inside a fun-filled and educational afternoon of networking.
Each team was able to take a set of “secret ingredients” and create a unique “mashup”. The “Fighting Mongooses” were able to develop an interactive map of Minneapolis combining metro parcel data with Census population change information. The “Tater Tots” took on the charge of using all five of the secret ingredients in an analysis of Llamas biking to pubs, which they published to a PDF. The winning team, “Table of Contents”, created an interactive application designed to tell users if they could catch a free ride (using a Nice Ride bike) to the nearest pub within a designated time window.
By all accounts, the event was a big success in introducing new people from different “worlds”, making it well worth the organizers’ time as well as worth the event grant sponsorship from the Consortium and from Coco.
“Table of Contents”
Jacqueline Brost (not shown)
The Fighting Mongooses