White House Calls to “Roll Up Your Sleeves, Get Involved, and Get Civic-Hacking”

In Brief:

  • June 1-2, 2013 have been declared by the White House “National Day of Civic Hacking”, with  the event receiving support from numerous organizations such as Code For America and Random Hacks of Kindness.
  • Software developers, technologists and entrepreneurs will be asked to use open government data to volunteer their time coding solutions for various levels of government.

The U.S. White House announced yesterday that June 1-2 have been dubbed the “National Day of Civic Hacking,” or “Civic Hacking Day.”  Brian Forde of the White House and Nicholas Skytland of NASA’s Open Innovation Program describe the event as follows:

Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans…A coalition of leading organizations, companies, and government agencies have banded together to issue this challenge with the goal of promoting transparency, participation, and collaboration among governments, startups, and citizens.

The National Day of Civic Hacking promises to be among the largest and highest-profile civic hackathons to-date, drawing in numerous public, private and non-profit sector partners:

The event is taking place in conjunction with Random Hacks of Kindness and Code for America’s Brigade meetings and is being modeled after the Innovation Endeavors’ Super Happy Block Party.  A number of Federal agencies, including NASA, the Census Bureau, and the Department of Labor, are participating by offering specific challenges for hackers to work during the event.

For more on the event, check out Hack for Change.


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