Ideation Nation

Code for America and Mindmixer have been running Ideation Nation–an online brainstorm to find tech fixes for cities–since the beginning of the month. People have posted 300 ideas so far.

“We’re going to make the [best] 25 available to Code for America’s 3,000 volunteer designers and hackers,” says Nick Bowden, Mindmixer’s CEO. “They want to build stuff for communities.” You can submit your own idea till October 31. The overall winner gets prize money, and support to develop the idea.

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Among their favorites so far: traffic ticket instant payment through Square, user-generated real time maps of best bike routes, restaurant food clearinghouses for non-profits and voting apps for any kind of civic decision.