Here’s a fabulous opportunity for you GeoGeeks and its likely right up your alley – Zillow Prize, a contest designed to inspire the brightest scientific minds to compete to improve the Zestimate® home valuation algorithm. From the company… “Data scientists everywhere have a unique opportunity to work on the algorithm that changed the world of real estate – and win $1 million for improving it.” [Read more…] about Improve the Zillow Zestimate home valuation algorithm and win, BIG!
Here’s a little nugget for some of you road warriors or tech geeks who have to have the latest, coolest gadgets and technology – enter Andiamo smart luggage. Andiamo Luggage is a smart suitcase that helps travelers keep their sanity and travel with ease. This lightweight suitcase connects those on the go with valuable travel information, such as travel alerts, suitcase weight and anti-theft distance alerts, as well as global, secure wireless access.
Here’s even more reason to tote around a GoPro while you conduct your field work or other outdoor project – enter the GoPro Awards! This via FastCompany… the company is launching the GoPro Awards today, a program it hopes will inspire the creation of more and better content, and which could hand out as much as $5 million a year in awards to people making the best videos with GoPro cameras like those in its Hero line. The Wild Jobs category may be something of interest to you GeoGeeks while in the field!
As a GeoGeek who’s also craft beer crazy this one is right up my alley – and likely yours too! The Denver Beer Co. is GPS tagging special cans of beer with secret locations for a beer photo challenge!
Yesterday was all about climate and climate change! A high profile event took place in D.C. yesterday to formally launch the Climate Data Initiative, an ambitious new effort bringing together extensive open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven planning and resilience tools for local communities. Tech leaders from Esri, Google, Intel, NOAA, NASA and other orgs were on hand to offer their commitment to the effort.
From the White House blog: c. We will release more details on the event soon, but it will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things.
What would a developer conference be without a hackathon? WIP has teamed up with Samsung to produce the official hackathon of the Samsung Developer Conference.
This year at FOSS4G in Nottingham (that’s in the UK Sept 17-21) the team has planned a GeoHack event and has put out a call to geek, hacks, and developers to participate. From the org. team: We are putting the shout out to software and hardware hackers, graphic designers, innovative thinkers, story tellers, translators, well anyone really who would like to contribute. GeoHack runs 17th and 18th June within the ‘geo-tent’ being erected at the conference venue. It’s FREE, but spaces will be limited, so sign up early at http://2013.foss4g.org/geohack/ to register your interest. The geohack is free to attend, to help us gauge numbers and to register your interest, visit our eventbrite page.
There’s no doubt that the Colorado Geek and hacking community is second to none! The recent Hack4Colorado event that took place May 31, 2013 is a great example for anyone interested in hacking or planning a similar hackathon or hackfest… checkout this video from Hack4Colorado and if this doesn’t get you inspired to hack then I’m not sure what will… great stuff from Colorado! Oh, and FYI, over 100 developers and hackers took part and there was more than $17K up fro grabs in cash and prizes! Check out more info at http://www.hack4colorado.com/ and congrats to everyone involved!
Dang I just wish I coulda been there!!
Hack4Colorado Event 5/30-6/02 from Great Sandini Films on Vimeo.
Recall that recently, Seattle-based LizardTech put out a call to the community for submissions of images that they captured or created of funky little lizard creatures, this part of their annual contest that takes place during ESRIUC week. After an initial call for image submissions via their facebook page the competition has now moved to the public voting stage. This is your chance to cast a vote for your favorite creative Lizard and also help reward one lucky contestant with a nice iPad!
Through July 10 everyone is encouraged to visit the voting page and place their vote for their favorite shot. Voting will also be available during the first day of the Esri conference in LizardTech’s booth (#1704). The person whose lizard photo receives the most votes will win a brand new Apple iPad Mini. The winner will be announced in LizardTech’s booth number 1704 at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.