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4 Reasons To Sign Up for #HubHacks Hackathon

The City of Boston’s first-ever civic hackathon is August 9-10 at District Hall in Boston. Mayor Walsh, the Department of Innovation & Technology and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics want your ideas for how technology can improve Boston’s permitting process. From business-owners to home improvement projects, tech-friendlier permitting supports a more transparent and accessible city government.

These four challenges are on the table this weekend. Sign up and get more details here, and follow @DoITBoston on Twitter for live updates all weekend.

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Challenges

  • Which Permits Do I Need?: A single project may require multiple permits. Applicants need a clear, intuitive, and enjoyable guide that will help applicants identify the permits they need to start working.

  • What’s my Address of Record?: Every project needs to be linked to an address in the City’s master database.  In the current system, finding your address is tougher than it should be. Our new online system needs a clear way to search addresses and suggest alternatives, getting it right the first time.

  • Can I Apply for that Permit Online?: With September 1st weeks away, developers will try their hand at a challenge to provide a very practical solution using the City’s new API - creating a simple online and/or mobile application for Street Occupancy permits required to block space for a moving truck.  

  • Where am I in the Approval Process?: Complex building projects can take months to review and permit, even if the process works correctly. Residents needs a clear way to track all permits associated with their project, which helps them understand how close they are to getting underway. 

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HubHacks: Civic Hackathon August 9-10

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Mayor Walsh declared May 3 Eugene Mirman Day in the City of Boston, on the occasion of the second annual Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival taking place this weekend. Watch what happened when Eugene came to City Hall to pick up his official proclamation. 

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A hokey crew helps perform detail work sweeping Boston streets; in this behind-the-scenes video, go along with one at work. This spring, Mayor Walsh has doubled the number of these crews in the City of Boston. Join our efforts to make Boston beautiful this spring by signing up for Boston Shines, the citywide cleanup, now taking place three weekends. 

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Make your spring clean GREEN! In Boston, there are a few ways to participate in recycling - this handy PSA explains how to request a recycling bin, or, use a special sticker to transform an existing container into a bin. Get more spring cleaning tips from the City of Boston at http://bit.ly/scrubthehub. 

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It’s finally spring in Boston! Mayor Walsh is celebrating by doubling up on the number of hokey crews sweeping the streets, commencing with a new season of street cleaning, and welcoming you to join us in beautifying Boston. If you’re in the middle of spring cleaning and want to schedule a pickup for special bulk items, this PSA will make the process easy for you. You can find more tips and resources around spring in Boston at boston.gov/spring.

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Boston Public Works is ready for spring cleaning, no matter what

Just because the calendar pages turn, that doesn’t mean it’s the last you’ll see of winter’s snow salter trucks. But that’s not because it’s a long winter - that’s because new models of trucks actually double as street sweepers, and can be converted between dump to salt truck and back again, depending on need. That means our Public Works crews are able to quickly convert between spring clean to snow storm mode, as New England weather can dictate.
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Boston’s Public Works fleet now includes 21 2012-14 model year Freightliner all-season dump trucks, which increases efficiency and turnaround time. The “Hi-Way” brand all-season trucks can convert between plowing and spreading salt to hauling loads of debris within minutes, instead of having to mount an auxiliary salt spreader, which takes longer. 

We have it on good authority that spring is just around the corner. Really. Regular spring sweeping start April 1, in addition to posted schedules - check here for your street’s schedule. 
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What’s really on Mayor Walsh’s dashboard? Read more about how Mayor Walsh and his team are using real-time data visualization to help manage the city, from constituent service and 911 data to social media sentiment. 

What’s really on Mayor Walsh’s dashboard? Read more about how Mayor Walsh and his team are using real-time data visualization to help manage the city, from constituent service and 911 data to social media sentiment. 

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How can you reimagine Boston’s public spaces? Enter the Public Space Invitational, and attend a q&a Tuesday night at 6pm at District Hall with our office of New Urban Mechanics.

How can you reimagine Boston’s public spaces? Enter the Public Space Invitational, and attend a q&a Tuesday night at 6pm at District Hall with our office of New Urban Mechanics.

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Monday, check in with Mayor Walsh for his latest Twitter chat. Ask your questions starting at 3pm to @marty_walsh, using the hashtag #AskMJW.

Monday, check in with Mayor Walsh for his latest Twitter chat. Ask your questions starting at 3pm to @marty_walsh, using the hashtag #AskMJW.