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DIYcity – Call for Participation

DIYcity is a site dedicated to finding ways people can make their cities work better with the use of emerging web technologies.

What do I mean ‘making cities work better’? I mean making them more efficient, more effective, more sustainable, better able to respond to problems, friendlier and generally more accessible to the individual user. DIYcity aims to accomplish these goals with user-built applications created on top of existing web technologies. It is a site where problems are posed and solutions are offered in the form of functioning apps, submitted by anyone and for use by all.

This is an exciting time to be launching this project for two reasons:

One, we are increasingly aware of the need for our cities to be efficient, effective and sustainable, and yet at the same time cities’ abilities to respond to these needs are collapsing, as city budgets get cut due to the current financial crisis.

Two, virtually every day there are new applications and technologies on hand for organizing people, sharing information, plugging into central data pools, aggregating individual input, and doing all of this aggregating / accessing / organizing faster and more easily.

These two factors taken together make me think that cities, as systems, are on the verge of an intense and exciting period of reinvention.

DIYcity aims to be at the center of that reinvention.

The site, you will find, is very raw. I am announcing it now in its raw state because I need you all to help get it to the next stage, that of a thriving, diffuse place of discussion and ideas.

Please take a minute and check out the site. If you like it and are interested in the idea here are some ways you could help out:

– if you live in the NYC area, join the DIY New York City group. That group will be holding a meetup some time in the near future.

– if you live elsewhere and want, you can join DIYcity, log in and create a group for your local area.

– if you use twitter, please tweet about this.

– if you happen to blog, feel free to blog about it.

– finally, and if nothing else, sign up and join the DIYcity main group and contribute to the thought process whenever you feel the urge.

John Geraci


Oct 31, 17:29
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