I recently attend a discussion on hackathons hosted by Kirsten Wyatt from the GovLove Podcast at the recent Code for America Summit. Laura Biediger from the City of Durham and Code for Durham and Amin Mehr from Code.gov shared best practices and lessons learned from hosting hackathons. Here is a list of insights from the panelists:
Stephen Peyton and I recently developed an algorithm for calculating which pixels of a raster intersect an arbitrary polygon. The following is a high-level overview of the algorithm.
Basic Overview of Algorithm
Rasters can be thought of as as a table of pixel values. This two-dimensional organization makes iterating over…
Serendipity, God, and Google Now
This article is about how Google Now and similar artificial intelligences could start playing a role we often attribute to God or “the universe.”
If you randomly bump into your friend on the street, would you say that this is just random coincidence or serendipity? What if it wasn’t….
I was just having a conversation with two friends about Facebook’s Nearby Friends feature, which alerts you if a friend is close to you. The idea is that if you know that a friend is nearby, then you would walk a few blocks to meet up…