November Hack Night Meeting Notes

We had lots of guests presenting on projects last night!

PDX Shelter

Fresh from their victory at Portland Startup Weekend, the folks behind PDX Shelter came by and presented on their project. They shared the surprising statistic that “70% of homeless youth have access to smartphones.” The project hopes to enable the homeless to find nearby shelter bed openings more easily.

Find out more about the PDX Shelter project at

Open Trail Data

Ryan and Jereme talked about the work they’ve been doing with the Intertwine in relation to the OpenTrails data specification. A lot of good things came out of the Trail Editor project they started with Dale and a couple of other volunteers at the National Day of Civic Hacking event we had back in June, including a lasting partnership with Oregon Metro. Their work has evolved into OuterSpatial, an OpenTrails platform to help agencies from all over the country publish trail data using the new spec developed with help from Alan Williams of Code for America and many other stakeholders. They also showed off OuterSpatial’s Developer Hub which documents the OuterSpatial API and has loads of goodies.

Find out more about Open Trail Data at

OSM Portland Building Imports

Mele and Rafa talked about the OSM hackathon last Saturday and continued their work to get a letter drafted to the OSM imports committee to make sure the import process runs smoothly.

Come to a MaptimePDX event to learn more about OSM and mapping in general.

Fully Fund Oregon Schools

Alex from Collective Agency continued his research into the financial specifics necessary to fully fund Pre-K-12 education and end Oregon income taxes by taxing assets over $1.8 million with help with some volunteers.

Find out more about the constitutional amendment initiative here.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the event! Our next hack night is at 6 PM on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. RSVP here.

If you think something’s missing from the meeting notes or you have some extra links or resources you’d like to contribute, feel free to send us an email, file an issue, or open a pull request!