Miami DDA offers free Art Basel shuttle

By | November 30th, 2011 | No Comments

Attracting hoards of jet setters, vacationers, and even Broward residents to Miami, Art Basel Miami Beach — the fair itself and all the simultaneous satellite fairs — inevitably creates major parking and traffic headaches. If only Miami had a more robust public transit system. Well, for a few days at least, it does.

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Starting Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Miami Downtown Development Authority is trying to make it easier for art lovers to check out this week’s main attractions by offering a free shuttle connecting downtown, Wynwood, and Midtown.

The shuttle will run every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 4, the last day of the fair. There are 12 stops, including Pulse Art Fair, the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Miami Art Museum, and the Wynwood Arts District. (To print/download a high-res version of the map, click the image above.)

The Miami DDA is an independent public agency of the City of Miami funded by property tax money coming from residents and businesses within its district boundaries. The organization is charged with improving the economy of downtown through different events and capital improvement projects.

This post was produced in partnership with Open Media Miami.

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Another sleepless night, this time for computer hackers

By | November 9th, 2011 | No Comments

This post was produced by Open Media Miami, an independent company that works in partnership with Beached Miami to cover neighborhood news along the Biscayne Corridor.

When the words “hacker” and “government” make it into the same sentence, it usually involves an illegal security breach by a faceless cadre of e-saboteurs. Not so in Miami this weekend, when a group of computer programmers will be battling for cash prizes in an event sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

The 24-hour tournament, dubbed HackDay Miami, will take place this weekend at MiamiShared, a communal office space inside the Biscayne 900 building in downtown Miami. The 40 programmers chosen will compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and the chance to present their phone application in front of venture capitalists and investors at Florida International University’s 2011 Americas Venture Capital. The Miami DDA is dishing out $1,500 in cash for the hacker that develops the best app to assist people in avoiding traffic jams by finding alternative routes when the downtown bridges are up.

“This event is a great opportunity to bring together the greatest technology minds of South Florida and challenge them to conceptualize and build new services within an intense and sleepless 24-hour period,” HackDay Foundation founder Demian Bellumio said in a statement.

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