I spent last weekend (09/21/2013-09/22/2013) at Active.com’s HACKTIVE hackathon. I had an awesome time, met ton’s of great people, and actually placed 3rd in the “developer” category with my “PhatActive” submission. WooHoo! A big thank you to Active.com, Mashery, Yahoo, Aetna, CoMerge and all the other sponsors for putting on a great event! As an evangelist, I am involved with a lot of hackathons, etc. It was so much fun to go as a participant! And these guys put on an awesome event!
The People and the Place
There was a great turn out for the event. There were a total of 15 apps presented (three in each of the “categories”, see below). However, MOST teams had at least two people on them, and some had as many as five. The room was pretty packed when it came time to present.
The event was held at CoMerge in San Diego. This is a fantastic facility. Thank you so much to Robert for the space!
Cheston Coantoi, owner of Driveframe LLC, and a seasoned hackathon particiapte was their to help teams focus on the challenge and build compelling presentations. There were also a number of folks from Active.com as well as Neil Mansilla from Mashery, Jesse Givens from Aetna, Tom Clancy from TAO Venture Capital Partners, and Rik Suhonen from Yahoo. Lots of support.
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I’ll be down at Startup Weekend San Diego this weekend from 07/21/2013 – 07/23/2013. This is a great event, organized by a group of very motivated community members here in San Diego. Attendees have a chance to win Surface RTs and Lumia 900s as well as being able to network, brainstorm, pitch, develop & present their startup ideas over a jam-packed weekend.
FYI, the Short URL for this page is http://aka.ms/swsd0713
USB Drive Loaners with Resources
If you’ll be developing Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 apps over the weekend in hopes of winning some of the great prizes, you may need some resources to help you out. If you need access to resources like Windows 8, Visual Studio, Windows Phone 8 SDKs, Game Frameworks, etc. I have USB drives you can BORROW (please, please, please return them)! Track me down. I’ll trade you a USB drive for your drivers license to hold as ransom.
Resources on the USB Drives include:
Loaner Surface RT Devices
I have two Surface RT Loaner devices. You are welcome to borrow them to test your apps out on the Surface. This is a great way to test to make sure that your app works with touch, accelerometer or GPS. Again, I’ll trade you for your driver’s license. Also, please make sure to use these for a limited time as other teams may be waiting as well.
New to Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 Development? There are some great learning resources at:
And of course, track me down. I’ll be here all weekend. Grab me and let me know how I can help!
This is a list of resources I gathered to help me keep up to date on the fires going on in San Diego County. I built this list because we just had a small fire here in our area and it brought back for me much of the stress I felt with the 2003 Cedar Fire, and the 2007 Witch Creek fire. The biggest frustration I had in both of those fires was the lack of information. As I saw the smoke today, I immediately began looking for information. It’s amazing how much more readily the information can be found now than back in 2007.
Anyhow, there are some great resources I ran across today, and I am saving them here for my own use in the future as well as in hopes that they may help others. If you have a resource to add let me know!
My Favorite Resources:
These resources gave me the most immediate and up to date information quickly and easily.
Web Site Resources:
|California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
||California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
San Diego County Emergency Home Page
|San Diego County Emergency Home Page
|Dial 211 & 211 Website
||211 Information hotline. Call 211 on your phone.
|Ready San Diego
||Ready San Diego. They have a number of resources for disaster preparedness.
|Alert San Diego
||Alert San Diego – Sign up for email, voip, and cell phone alerts.
WildlandFire.Org Initial Attack California and Hawaii Hotlist
WildlandFire.Org Continuing Fires / Incidents for California and Hawaii
WildlandFire.com Initial Attack HotList page for California and Hawaii. Look for the thread named CA-<Unit Acronym>-<Fire Name> for example Todays California (CA) fire in the Cleveland National Forest (CNF) was named the "Mesa" fire, and the thread for the fire was: CA-CNF-Mesa.
If a fire has been burning for over 24 hours, its thread may be moved to the second link (Continuing Fires / Incidents)
Incident Page Network
Incident Page Network – A subscription service that will send alerts to your email, cell phone, or pager.
However, the list of San Diego County Live Audio Feeds from RadioReference.com (http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?ctid=219) included a feed from IPN.
||From their site:
”InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. The system was developed with two primary missions:
- Provide the public a single source of incident related information
- Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community
A number of supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources. This ensures that the information regarding active incidents is consistent, and the delivery is timely.”
|National Weather Service Fire Weather
||National Weather Service Fire Weather
|Santa Ana Winds – Southern Cal fire weather
||Santa Ana Winds – Southern Cal fire weather
Lots of links to a variety of resources. Keep scrolling down. There is a lot of interesting stuff here.
|Deerhorn Valley Community Association Blog
Deerhorn Valley Community Association Twitter Feed
|This is a blog maintained by the “Deerhorn Valley Community Association”. The regularly post information about fires in the Deerhorn Valley, Bratton Valley, Lyons Valley, and Honey Springs areas.
You can also follow them on twitter via @deerhornvalley
|Lakeside Fire District Blog
||Blog of the Lakeside Fire Protection District from Lakeside, CA.
|US Forest Service Active Fire Mapping Program
||I haven’t been able to view this during an active fire here in the region so I don’t know how timely it is, but it looks cool
|US Forest Service MODIS Active Fire Maps
||This is a very powerful interactive fire map. You can use the list of “Layers” along the right to view MODIS, AVHRR and GOES satellite based fire detections. Expand the folder to each to select the time range you want to see fire detections in. The layers MODIS, AVHRR and GOES layers are updated hourly. Looks cool.
Click the “Metadata” link to the left to learn more about the layers you have enabled.
Click the “Help” link along the left to learn more about the tool.
CAL FIRE San Diego County Fire Authority – Public Affairs Bureau Blog
|CAL FIRE San Diego Public Affairs Blog.
CAL FIRE San Diego’s Flickr Photostream
|CAL FIRE San Diego’s Flickr Photostream
Social Networking Feeds and Pages:
Emergency Services Radio Frequencies and Live Audio Feeds:
UCSD High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) Resources:
06/27/2012 – Added the InciWeb.org website.
10/15/2010 – I added the CAL FIRE San Diego County Fire Authority – Public Affairs Bureau Blog and CAL FIRE San Diego’s Flickr Photostream per Battalion Chief Nick Schuler’s comments. I also added the California Fire News Blog link and noted that the blog and associated Cal Fire News Twitter Feed are not affiliated with CAL FIRE.
09/10/2010 – I added the links to the Deerhorn Valley Community Association Blog,
Deerhorn Valley Community Association Twitter Feed, Lakeside Fire District Blog, US Forest Service Active Fire Mapping Program, and US Forest Service MODIS Active Fire Maps.
09/02/2010 – I added the links to National Weather Service Fire Weather and Santa Ana Winds – Southern Cal fire weather web pages.
08/26/2010 – I added the links to WildlandFire.Org Continuing Fires / Incidents for California and Hawaii and WildlandFire California and Hawaii Initial Attack Twitter Feed (@WLFIA_CA_HI)