DATA IS the new black.
So color us surprised that of all agencies, SEPTA is ahead of the fashion curve by offering its data to software developers and helping to sponsor a "hackathon" this weekend in which software developers will try to develop useful applications for the transit system.
Actually, what's also trendy is the notion that "hacking" is losing its bad-boy image for destruction and becoming a useful tool for the public good. Like similar hackathons held around the city, SEPTA's is a "civic coding event" that gets smart people in a room for a limited time to find technical solutions to problems. And SEPTA could use some solutions.