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The Nation Takes on Civic Hacking
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced the National Day of Civic Hacking yesterday, and word is spreading fast.
On June 1-2, 2013, citizens in cities across the nation will join together to improve their communities and governments as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. As collaborator Nick Skytland of NASA writes in the OSTP press release:
“The 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.”
IFTF is part of a larger coalition of leading organizations, companies, and government agencies that have banded together to promote transparency, participation, and collaboration among governments, startups, and citizens. Together we will support the National Day of Civic Hacking (NDCH) by hosting activities across the country that invite anyone to become part of the civic hacker community—whether you’re a newbie or an expert—and by connecting people in person or online during the weekend celebration. 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.
Modeled after the Innovation Endeavors’ Super Happy Block Party held in Palo Alto last March with Institute for the Future support, NDCH will take place in conjunction with Random Hacks of Kindness and Code for America's Brigade meetings. Super Happy City will be taking place right here in Silicon Valley as one of the many events organized for NDCH.
Activities are also being planned in Augusta, GA; Alexandria, VA; Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Bend, OR; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Honolulu, HI; Lexington, KY; Oakland, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Portland, ME; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Tucson, AZ.
Ready to get involved in YOUR community?
You can learn more about the National Day of Civic Hacking at:
Material from this posting comes from www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/22/roll-your-sleeves-get-involved-and-get-civic-hacking
Brian Forde the Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO for Mobile and Data Innovation
Nicholas Skytland is the Program Manager of NASA's Open Innovation Program