Thursday, January 24, 2013


Into INTransit. The Indiana House Transportation Committee held a hearing on HB1011 on Wednesday night. The hearing went over four hours, with 40 people speaking in favor of the bill and two against. Supporters included Mayor Ballard, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, Greater Indianapois Chamber of Commerce President Scott Miller, and IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz. Andy Frazier of IACED also testified; you can read that here. On Twitter, conversation fervered as well, with #INTransit becoming a trending Twitter topic in Indianapolis during the hearing. Jon Murray at the Star (who apparently is a master iPhone typist) has the story. / tag: transit, Indiana House / JB / [Branch]

Accepting walk-ins. Local tech startup and online event planning HQ has partnered with another tech firm in town, Indianapolis|360, to provide interior versions of Google "Streetview" for potential event venues. This new feature allows event planners and their clients to preview potential venues in a city using the same interface as Google Streetview. Details are here. We're big fans of Streetview's portrayal of citie, so whether it's artghost huntingurban exploringDIY Streetview, or event planning, we're happy to see the city virtualified. / tag: tech, event planning, restaurants / JB

Saying yes. Startup America is featuring Startup Indiana and an article on one of Indianapolis' great tech success stories, Tinderbox, on its front page. In the interview, President and Co-Founder of Tinderbox Dustin Sapp talks about the startup community in Indiana and Tinderbox's recent growth. Related: Indianapolis charts in the middle of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) job growth. / tag: tech, TinderBox, startups / JB / [Branch]

GOODer? GOOD, a print magazine which recently went through something of a staffing crisis, has recently emerged less as a magazine and more of a social network. As part of that rebranding, GOOD is looking to build local communities of "changemakers." Called GOOD Local, the program will bring "cool people in cities around the country to do interesting things that improve their communities." They're currently looking for leaders to spearhead this campaign in each city. If you're interested, you can apply here. / tag: goodness / via Kate Franzman


No smoking please. Pennsylvania artist James McNabb was messing around with a band saw and realized the resulting tiny pieces of wood looked like small skyscrapers. He kept going and ended up making hundreds of buildings - which, put together, looked like a city. The result is astounding. Read an interview with James here. / tag: art, Philadelphia / JB

Best campaign advertisement using github ever. Brett Mandel is running for City Controller in Philadelphia, and one of his campaign platforms is open data access. To prove his point, Mandel came up with an amazing infographic budget tool that drills down budget amounts and line items. If there's someone at the City of Indianapolis reading this that knows what "fork" means, then git to some forking so we can commit a push! / tag: tech, infographic, Philadelphia / JB


Pitching + feasting == awesoming. Dreamapolis is holding their third Pitchfeast on Monday night 6:30pm at The Platform. Half ideastorm, half co-eating, Pitchfeast raises micro-grants with door charges - bestowing the pot of ticket charges to the best idea. Details here. / tag: grants, food, Dreamapolis / JB



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