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WHAT: The National Day of Civic Hacking is a united effort to create more livable communities through the smart use of technology.
The Montgomery County event will bring together techies, entrepreneurs, do-gooders, activists and others from across the region to collaborate and envision tools using publicly-released data.
Civic hackers create apps, software, and other new technologies born out of volunteerism and civic duty. A strong community of civic hackers represents limitless potential for improved quality of life.
Civic hackers are behind apps that do things such as:
- provide important up-to-date information on public transportation schedules
- allow you to report dangerous potholes to your local streets department
- help local food shelters identify food excesses and shortages and redistribute accordingly
At the Montgomery County event, county leaders will pitch a variety of ideas to our participants for their consideration. Topics may include:
- water quality apps
- food recovery tools
- transit data visualizations
- and more
After the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions before forming teams and beginning work on their solutions.
The top solutions will be selected for inclusion and continued work via the Montgomery County Innovation Program.
The National Day of Civic Hacking is a public-private-people partnership backed by the White House through the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). So far, 15 additional federal agencies have joined the charge including NASA, the Census Bureau, HHS, FEMA, the National Archives, Department of Labor and the Department of Energy.
We are proud to host an event here in Montgomery County at the Universities at Shady Grove.
WHY: Communities of civic hackers open a city to limitless potential for improvement through technology. A growing, diverse, strong civic hacker community will result in apps, software, and other new technologies born out of volunteerism and civic duty. These technologies can aid in just about anything you can think of: a food distribution system that enables excess food to be redistributed to food programs throughout the city by simply texting your shortage or excess to a centralized database.
WHO: Anyone interested in improving their community -- including engineers, software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, activists, scientists, concerned residents of all kinds. What exactly is a “civic hacker”? “Civic hackers” as we think about it for the National Day of Civic Hacking are engineers, technologists, civil servants, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs, community members – anybody - who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent open source solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. Many people have negative connotations of what a person that is a ‘hacker’ means. How are ‘civic hackers’ different than the negative perception that exists about hackers? To us, a hacker is someone who uses a minimum of resources and a maximum of brainpower and ingenuity to create, enhance or fix something. Although in some circumstances it is used in a negative sense, the term is not inherently negative, nor does it even have to be related to technology
WHERE:The Universities at Shady Grove, Building Three, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
WHEN: Starts Saturday June 1st, 2013 at 2:00pm and concludes after dinner that evening. Dinner, snacks and refreshments are being provided to all participants!
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