After nearly six months of data-sleuthing, creative hustle, and late nights of coding at OMSI…. the fruits of their labor will all be revealed.
Hack Oregon is launching five open source projects to improve the quality of civic life and bring a big-data perspective to big issues in right here in Oregon. Every project was lovingly built by committed volunteer focus teams from the community. Meet the teams and vote for your favorite for a bit of friendly competition on demo night.
The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.
Here's a sneak peek of the launch lineup:
Oregon is one of the richest growing regions on the planet, and we’re known for exporting some of the highest quality crops and commodities all over the world—but what are we getting in exchange for our resources? Learn more about what we’re growing across our state, and what we’re buying and bringing in. How do factors like seasonality, soil quality, market demand, and subsidies affect the vitality of our landscape, agribusiness, and the sustainability of our crops?
Theme: Job Economy
Next session, our state legislature will debate a minimum wage increase in Oregon—but how can we understand the effect of raising the minimum wage across a spectrum of different dollar amount increases? What would this mean for families and regions with different costs of living across Oregon? We’re putting the power in your hands to balance multiple factors and imagine what you would do if you were a legislator.
In 2011, Oregon made a strong commitment to achievement in statewide education. The 40-40-100 Goal aims to have 40% of Oregonians to receive bachelor degree or higher, 40% to have an associate or vocational degree, and 100% high school graduation by the year 2025. We’ll take a data-driven look at the student journey navigating enrollment to degree attainment, and check in to see how Oregon is doing in relationship to our goal.
Theme: Urban Development
It’s no secret that Portland is going through a period of incredible urban growth, and many feel like the decisions that are being made today will impact our city for decades to come. It’s also no secret that this issue has many different points of view and not everyone sees the information the same way. We’ve pulled together datasets on all things Urban Development, current and historic, and put them at your fingertips to explore trends, keep track of current activity, and tell your own story.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Theme: Campaign Finance
Even though campaign finance has some of the most strict regulations around transparency and reporting, for many of us, the way influence works in politics seems like a total mystery. Well, not anymore. We’ve opened up everything from school board to senate races to show patterns in relationships, timing, movement in money, and exactly how much your vote is worth (and what you can do to be immune to campaign media).
Hack Oregon is a community-powered non-profit building civic data projects to promote engagement, awareness, and quality of life. Their offices are currently located at OMSI.