That’s Jeanne Pinder and I, aka Ladies Night. We won best design at this past weekend’s inaugural Hack Jersey hackathon. With a theme of using open data to tell a story about NJ, we designed and built an open-source web application that lets you discover the disparity in costs of radiology procedures (mammograms, MRIs, ultrasounds) in regional areas of New Jersey – specifically counties. Hilariously and cleverly named The Cost of Radiology in New Jersey, it won Best Design!
The best part of this weekend-long event, though, was the participation and sweeping of most of the categories by students from my Computer Science Department. Lots of great ideas and code came from all involved. See the winners and what we all made on the Hack Jersey blog!
Some things I learned at this event:
- I can still code for nearly 24 hours straight when the stakes are high enough, and even in the midst of an allergic reaction to something in the building (later I found out Mikeman was there at the radio station, so it was probably his fault).
- DAMN is the Google Maps API complicated. I’ve used it to grab place information, but the ability to put a table of data into a map takes a bit longer than an hour to figure out, especially when you have no latitude or longitude data of your locations – what do you folks use for geocoding existing data in a MySQL table of addresses without lat/long?
- Coding in a social environment is inspiring and invigorating, and I’ve got to do it more often.
Besides this awesome win, I have some other super smashingly exciting code news, but I cannot announce it just yet. But it’s cool, so stay tuned and stay cool.