Jen B

  • Fun, simple web app that tells you cool things about your neighborhood

    We'd like to create a very simple JS-driven website where a user puts in their address in Los Angeles county and we tell them a bunch of cool things about their neighborhood ("the average income in your neighborhood is $XXXX... other neighborhoods of Los Angeles at a similar income level are A, B, C" - or "Here are some tweets/ from your neighborhood" - or "Here's the name of your congressional rep and some facts about them"). We can assemble all this information by using the many available APIs and datasets - US Census, City of LA, Google Civic Data, etc.

  • commented on LA Municipal Code 2014-04-28 12:28:57 -0700
    Do you have a link to the current one that’s online?

  • commented on uVote. Voting System of the Future 2014-04-28 12:27:39 -0700
    so is your proposal something like “let’s let people vote publicly via facebook”? The historical reason voting can’t be public is because then votes can be bought. That is, right now I can’t pay you $1 to vote for my candidate because I have no way to verify that you have done so. If your official vote is made public, suddenly I can pay you that dollar and get proof that I got my money’s worth.

    Having said that, I believe there is a lot of low-hanging fruit in encouraging people to vote more (how about an app that tells the user where to vote, when to vote, what’s up with all the candidates, and what the ballot looks like – but also what their Facebook/Twitter friends are saying about the issues, whether they are friends of friends with any of the candidate, etc.)

Iron humor / relentless optimism. Fun with data and NLP at Google. I've broken quite a few bones but I always wear a helmet.