Upcoming Event: Transit Hack Day

Attend the 2011 Transit Hack Day to create beautiful and easily understood transit maps using open source data. Photo by chizu.

The Mobility Lab, a project by the Arlington County Commuter Services, is hosting the Transit Hack Day on Saturday, September 10 for developers, mappers and transit data enthusiasts in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Transit Hack Day provides a space to collaborate and learn by creating tools and visualizations around bus maps, Capital Bikeshare stations and other transit data. Hack Day is also an opportunity to gather and use open data to help people better understand and utilize transit, explains Greater Greater Washington.

Staff from area transportation agencies will attend the event to answer questions about transit data and provide insight into third-party collaborations. There will also be experts from Development Seed, a creative data visualization and mapping team, to discuss the current stack of tools that can turn OpenStreetMap data and transit feeds into interesting maps, GGW continues.

In addition to hosting Transit Hack Day, the Mobility Lab is also looking to hire fellows to work on a variety of transit- and data-related projects in D.C. and Virginia. One of these projects is the development of a prototype system to generate personalized bus maps of Washington, D.C.’s complex bus system. Another project will be to automatically generate commute plans for employees of companies that are moving to Arlington, Va.  Learn more about fellowship opportunities with the Mobility Lab here.

Transit Hack Day will be hosted at the Mobility Lab at 1501 Willson Blvd. Arlington, VA on Saturday, September 10, 2011. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will be followed with drinks.

RSVP for Transit Hack Day here.

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