Advances in new technology are opening up several new avenues through which citizens can now engage in areas previously the domain of the public sector. Initiatives such as hackathons are accelerating civic innovation by encouraging citizens with technical expertise to help redesign governmental architecture, improve government services, and create better cities. The emerging wave of civic innovation is also fueled by efforts at both the local and national level to make government data more open, accessible, and available for use by the public.
Hackstock for #LocalGov is the latest example of such civic hacking. The hackathon will take place at the 99th Annual ICMA (International City/County Management Association) Conference in Boston on Sunday, September 22, 2013. The event will focus on creating apps that improve government services to citizens, using sample datasets that will be provided by ICMA’s government members. Winning entries will be determined based on thoughtful use of civic data, quality of concept, analysis of community need, and collaboration with local government leaders.
Hackstock for #LocalGov is co-hosted by Esri, ICMA, and MindMixer. Developers, coders, and students in the New England area are encouraged to participate. Attendance is free, and you can register here.