Civic Hacking

If you’re a software engineer, programmer, entrepreneur, or all around tech geek then you may be interested in the National Day of Civic Hacking. Which sounds like a whole lot of fun to me.

From the press release.

“National Day of Civic Hacking will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology at events all across the nation.”

In effect the goal is to crowd source solutions to government problems. Kinda like when AIDS researchers turned to the video game community for help.

 

Full press release here.

One comment

  1. greencracker says:

    I did this thing a year or two ago … under the name RHOK. It was fun, met some nice people. Participated in a website that came in about last among all the projects. 🙂

    Several projects were Atlanta- or fed-centric because datasets are available. I applaud the feds for data.gov, where they’re releasing scads of machine readable data. It’s like they_want_ you to have the data.

    But Georgia? It’s hard for me to code gratis for a government that doesn’t generally release data in machine readable format. Scrape PDFs _and then_ code an app? hmmm… It’s not civic hacking “month,” you only get like a day to do it.

    In any case maybe I will show. Thanks for the heads up.

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