City of Boston

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A coalition of universities, tech companies, and the City of Boston are planning a new hackathon next month that aims to spread entrepreneurship and innovation to more corners of the city. CityStart Boston will take place May 30 at MassChallenge in the Innovation District, with a final judging session happening several weeks later.

The plan, says organizer Monique Fuchs of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, is to bring together college students and entrepreneurs to tackle the problem of fostering startup activity in areas of the city that today have little.More →

When Boston last increased parking meter rates in 2011, bumping the hourly charge to $1.25, some drivers were shocked. It was, after all, the first price hike since the mid-1980s.

Now, technology is about to bring even more significant changes to parking prices, at a faster pace. In the next few years, street parking prices could rise and fall in response to surges in traffic, part of a high-tech overhaul of the city’s parking infrastructure that includes new meters and the ability to pay with smartphone apps.More →

Friday morning on City Hall Plaza, a team from the navigation and traffic avoidance app Waze, which recently announced partnership with the City of Boston, was handing out free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and hot cocoa in an effort to recruit more users. Consider it an even exchange: Dunks for data.

Data was also a theme inside City Hall this morning, as Mayor Martin J. Walsh opened up his monthly data-focused Cabinet meeting to reporters, and shared the latest info on traffic patterns, snow removal services, and other metrics that they city has been tracking — and promoting — since the Mayor first took office.More →

Mayor Martin Walsh made yet another move that shows just how far the city of Boston is willing to go in its quest to improve its citizens’ lives by using new technologies and data collected by Internet companies, mobile application makers, and others.

As traffic becomes a hot-button issue — the other major transportation problem besides the MBTA to arise as Boston has been buried by snow — the city said today that it has formed a new data-sharing partnership with real-time traffic application Waze.More →