NASA Challenges Developers With The Climate Resilience Data Challenge

Some cool stuff from NASA, an opportunity for developers who really want to help with a great cause!  NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change. 

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The Ultimate If This Then That IFTTT guide!

I luv IFTTT and you will also, particularly if you need some basic coding done and have no time or ambition to learn how to code! IFTTT is extremely powerful and enables you to cook up custom recipes to post content from any (almost) social web service, RSS fee or ?? to any other service, blog or whatever it is that you maintain online. So, to make your life even easier with IFTTT here’s a handy, free guide for you.

IFTTT is an automation that will enable you to connect 2 services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other.

Options for Developers with ArcGIS 10.2

Loads of updates from Redlands recently as team Esri rolls out ArcGIS 10.2. The company officially announced that 10.2 is shipping and they are boasting the ease of use and enhanced web publishing capabilities (think WebGIS) – be sure to see also this Top 10 Features of ArcGIS 10.2 List! Along with the release there’s also a new subscription service (and testing plan) availble to the Dev crowd for ArcGIS Online (think Esri hosted services in the cloud) – cool stuff!

For the developer, they can start a subscription and continue at the free level, or they can upgrade to a selection of paid levels that provide more storage and services, as well as the ability to deploy commercial applications with no extra fees or royalties. The dev platform includes the following features:

  •     APIs and SDKs
  •     Addresses – Use the geocoding service
  •     Directions and Routing – Get routes and directions between locations
  •     Store and Query Geographic Data in Feature Services
  •     Mapping and Visualization Tools
  • See more on the subscription options HERE


Note, I also recently shared a quick little blog post from a colleague touting the merits of 10.2 along with some useful pointers

Hack4Colorado Sets the Bar High For Hackathons – Congrats @Hack4CO

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  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.


State of The Map USA, San Fran June 8-9, 2013

Looks like Geogeeks will be converging on San Fran this June for another SOTMUSA – State of the map USA. The organizing committee, via their blog, have invited geeks to plan to connect with other mappers, skill up on mapping, learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data, hack on the latest OpenStreetMap improvement from June 8-9, 2013. Taking place over the week-end so work commitments won’t interfere, the main conference will feature a series of community-led sessions on OpenStreetMap case studies, related technology, mapping parties, ideas and tools to help us improve the map, and much more. Check out last year’s schedule for an idea of what’s in store. Follow the event on Twitter @sotmus

State of the Map 2013

Developers Now Have a Complete HTML5 According to W3C

Yes indeed, the HTML5 specification is now complete according to the W3C.  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published today the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications. Though not yet W3C standards, these specifications are now feature complete, meaning businesses and developers have a stable target for implementation and planning. HTML5 is the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform, a full programming environment for cross-platform applications with access to device capabilities; video and animations; graphics; style, typography, and other tools for digital publishing; extensive network capabilities; and more.

W3C has also announced this week the first draft of HTML 5.1 and Canvas 2D, Level 2, an early view of the next round of standardization. See complete details HERE

“The broader the reach of Web technology, the more our stakeholders demand a stable standard,” said W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe. “As of today, businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years, and what their customers will demand…”

Environmaps uses ArcGIS tools to win honorable mention at AngelHack

Esri Canada has congratulated a Canadian developer, Environmaps, for winning an honorable mention at the recently held AngelHack competition. From Esri… The app leverages ArcGIS, Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) solution, integrated with open-source software and consumer-oriented maps. Through the app, property developers can easily search for a property by address, view data on land use and environmental features, as well as generate maps and PDF reports to support development permit applications. The 67 teams who competed at AngelHack Toronto were given 24 hours to develop a Web app representing their business startup idea. Tu, who works as a land-use planner, conceived the idea for Environmaps and co-developed it with four Web developer friends.  See more about the project HERE – Explore Environmaps at: