Hack for Change Louisville


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Reserve your free tickets now because participation is limited based on space and food!


Hack for Change Louisville is being held as the city’s formal National Day of Civic Hacking event, one of over 119 simultaneous events across the United States. The day will bring together local government leaders and staff, local organizations, businesses, visitors, and community members and is focused on civic innovation. Here’s what to expect:

  • Software development (a hackathon event) using open public data.
  • Collaborative building of open data apps and services for non-profits and the community.
  • Discussions on open data at the city, county, and state levels.
  • Networking, learning, fun, and making a difference!

The initiative is a united national effort to connect citizens and government in a partnership focused on improving people’s daily lives through technology. This event will bring together techies, entrepreneurs, do-gooders, activists and others like you from across the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent tools using publicly-released data.

Civic hacking as a form of citizen engagement and volunteerism is gaining momentum reaching cities across America not those known for technology and innovation. Civic hackers are already active and contributing to the betterment of your community.


Louisville’s Code for America brigade has volunteered to organize this year’s event.  Called the Civic Data Allliance (CDA), we are the public’s voice for open data, interested in liberating, improving, gathering, defining, and reporting on public data.

Hack for Change Louisville has these main goals:

  • Create a one-day environment for entrepreneurs, app developers, and programmers to create innovative apps and websites using open public data.
  • Identify opportunities to brainstorm, capture, design, and even deploy valuable software applications that serve the city.
  • Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens and journalists to share thoughts on the City of Louisville’s open data portal.
  • Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of the civic innovation, mobile communication, online information, and open data at the City of Louisville.
  • Discover other datasets that contain public information a the city, county, and state level that should be made public (property, transit, GIS, etc).
  • Create outcomes that participants will act upon after the event is over.



Nucleus is this year’s gracious host and location sponsor.  Last year Nucleus hosted the event as well, at their nearby iHub coworking space.

Enter in the parking lot off Floyd St directly across from iHub. Then walk in these doors:


The space is great and we’ll have a projector, mics, speaker system for music, Wi-fi, fridge, food, power strips and more!

nucleus in1


8am – Doors open, mingling, coffee, breakfast, setup

9am – Introductions and overview, project tracks review

9:30 – Data, project/app ideas, non-profit pitches

10 – Break into self-organized groups to work on projects

12 – Lunch on site

1 – Continue working on ideas, finish prototype

3:30 – Present prototypes and successes

4:30 – Next steps, mailing lists/groups, wrap-up

5 – Civic Hacking end, head off to dinner and drinks with your new friends

6 – Everything cleaned up (help if you can) and venue closed


We are pre-planning a number of projects for this year’s event, idenifying resources and laying the groundwork in advance.  You can align yourself with one of these projects we hope to ship by the end of the day, or come with your own ideas.

  • Help one of our non-profits (list coming soon) get their data online for the public
  • Create an open data portal on CDA website (or yours) using CKAN, and fill it with community data
  • Use Louisville GIS data to build the city in Minecraft, like Denmark
  • Getting data from Louisville’s Air Quality Eggs
  • Editing Open Street Map in your neighborhood
  • Setup Curious City for a local non-profit
  • Deploy Shareabouts crowdsourced mapping application for a non-profit
  • Map trails and points of interest for Bernheim Forest
  • Take raw Olmsted Parks data and visualize new tree plantings in Shelby Park

At this event, we are going to focus on finishing a product in just 7 hours. Just like at Hacktucky, the motto will be “if it doesn’t ship, it doesn’t exist!” So we’ll work together to make a MVP and cut features as needed. Idea, design, data, coding, UI, and hosting all needs to come together, so we need everyone’s help!


Big News! Google is providing $500 in Google Cloud Platform hosting for each and every attendee!

Amazon is providing $50 in free AWS credit to all attendees again this year!

And we’ve got some cool wrist bands, stickers, and a few hoodies to hand out.


Your laptop, power cables, software, smart phones, chargers, monitors, mice, ideas, and half finished projects.


Familiarize yourself with at these data sources to see what’s out there:

The event is meant to be a technical programming, app building, hacking experience.  We will be working together to build actual apps during the event.

If you are non-technical, we still need your help.  During the event entrepreneurs  business, marketing, and regular citizens can help steer the direction of the development and explore great ideas with the techies, and work on the presentation and communitating the idea clearly.  You can also spend some time updating your neighborhood’s Open Street Map data using the new iD online editing tool.


We are looking for volunteers for this year’s event to help with organizing, planning, day-of activities, picking up food and drinks, etc.  Contact us at the Civic Data Alliance, Louisville’s Code for America brigade and the organizing body for this year’s NDoCH. Sign up and post at the official Civic Data Alliance forums and look there and on Twitter for meetup times.


Our hashtag is #hackville.  Our local organizer’s handle is @CivicDataAlly. The national hashtag is #hackforchange.  The national organization is @civichackingday.


As a national contributor for NDoCH, YourMapper has made its open data and CrimeScore APIs open to all hackers for free!

YourMapper APIDetails – Free API Ultra PlanGithub

CrimeScore API – Details – Free API Ultra PlanGithub


CLICKSee a RECAP of last year’s event. 


Contact us to become a food, in-kind, monetary, or sponsor, and get your logo below and shout outs at the event!





  • Insider Louisville – #Hackville returns: National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday, May 31


Contact one of your local organizers (listed below) to find out how to help, sponsor, or if you have questions. About National Day of Civic Hacking On May 31 and June 1, 2014, we’ll be making history all over again. For the second time, the National Day of Civic Hacking will unite technologists, entrepreneurs, developers and other citizens in using open data to improve communities and the governments that serve them.

Awesome Louisville skyline header image provided by system58.photos by david.alan.kidd!


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