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