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A huge thank-you to everyone who came out for the inaugural ecoHack in Montréal last weekend!
écoHackMTL set out to bring together programmers, community activists, and urban environmentalists to design digital tools that allow for deeper citizen engagement with urban spaces and urban sustainability.
It grew out of the fact that the amazing energy of the hackathon and opendata scenes had yet to be effectively applied to building greener cities. (Not just in Montreal, but anywhere.)
Last Saturday's day long hackathon was a first attempt at bringing urban sustainability into the digital age. It was also the culmination of 6 months spent hosting little events around the city to build bridges between developers, environmentalists, planners, and anyone else who was interested in building a greener city.
It was fun, but time consuming work. Developers learned about urban sustainability. Environmental advocates and activists learned about programming and data. And everyone went away with enough of a shared language to collaborate on some amazing projects.
Check out ecohackmtl.sparkboard.com to see the prototypes that came out of the day. While you are there you can also vote for your favourites. If you are in Montreal, stay tuned for the details of our November 14 wrap-party where we will announce the winners of the "Participants Choice" and "Public Choice" awards.
I'd also like to send out a heartfelt thank-you to all to the volunteers and advisory committee members who made the event possible. The City of Montreal was supportive from very early on and released a dozen new datasets for the day of the event. And Siemens Canada our principal sponsor.
This is a blog for news and views on the future of sustainable cites. A major revamp is in the works. Until then I am keeping this version up as an archive of my past writing.
You can expect occasional updates, but not with the same frequency as in the past.
You can also find my writing on urban redesign and sustainability in ReNew Canada, The Mark, Sustainable Cities Canada, WorldChanging, and other more specialized academic publications.
Info on my consulting work, c.v. and current research focus is all here.
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