The National Day of Civic Hacking is a White House initiative to promote the use of science and technology to solve civic problems. The weekend of May 30-June 1, cities all across the country will have hackathons, block parties, and other events to that end.
OpenDataSTL is planning an event called Build4STL. This is going to be a multifaceted event, consisting of the following:
Register for the Hackathon
Provide Data for the Hackathon–coming soon!
For those unfamiliar with the term, a hackathon is an event where a bunch of programmers, designers, and builders spend a weekend creating something in accordance with a theme. In the context of this event, we’re going to gather at the downtown T-REX, provide data sets and APIs, and have everyone form groups and try to make something to improve Saint Louis. The “best” project (criteria are not yet set) will receive free counseling hours from local law firms, marketing groups, and accountants in the hopes that this will help them see their project to completion. Local startup Juristat was founded through a similar program called Startup Weekend.
Sign up to host a Co-Event
In order to reach out to more than just programmers, we want to have several partner events going on around the city. These events include a community garden project with Urban Harvest STL and an OpenStreetMap Editathon being planned by OpenDataSTL.
3. Training sessions
Sign-up to Host a Training Session
We also wanted to add training sessions to educate and empower the people of St. Louis to get involved in the community. These will cover a wide array of topics, presented by many different organizations and individuals, and will be spread throughout the St. Louis area. So far, topics include event planning, book-keeping for new businesses, IP law, cryptocurrency, and more.
4. Code for America Brigade Launch
We have applied for a Code for America Brigade in Saint Louis, and will be formally launching at Build4STL.
5. Big Data Lab announcement
There are plans for putting a Big Data Lab into the T-REX, which will likely be announced, or possibly even opened, during the event.
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