Between June 1st and June 30th, you will be able to submit your National Day of Civic Hacking project with us right here!
What is a project/story?
Whatever you are working on for National Day of Civic Hacking and beyond! That might be a software application, it might be a story about the new hacker space you are organizing, or it might be about how you convinced your city to open up a series of new data sets. We expect most of the projects that are submitted will be software applications, but they do not have to be!
Why should I submit it?
When submitted, your project or story will be considered by the White House and sponsors such as Intel for national recognition. 8 to 15 of the projects that are submitted will be invited to attend an event at the White House at the end of July. Others will be given attention by national partners such as Intel. Still others will be featured right here on hackforchange.org, demonstrating the amazing things that came from this initiative. By submitting your project here, it will be considered for all of these things!
What is the purpose of the event at the White House in July?
The event at the White House at the end of July will be a showcase of the value of civic hacking. It will feature a series of projects that were started or worked on at National Day of Civic Hacking and will continue living well beyond it. This is not about selecting winners! We are not picking projects because they are the best, but rather because they represent a piece of what civic hacking is all about. The best way to increase your chances of being selected for the White House event is to collaborate with others to build a project that is relevant to you, the challenge you are working on, and your neighborhood, city or country. In other words - don't think about it and focus on doing something that is great in and of iteself!
Great, I want to submit my project! When should I do it?
That is up to you! You can start submitting your project here on June 1st and we will accept submissions through June 30th. You can submit as many as you'd like, and you can submit updated versions of previous submissions. But remember - this isn't just about what happens on National Day of Civic Hacking but also about what happens after it! If your project matures and grows throughout June, we want to know about it! Tell us about more than just what you did on June 1st and 2nd. Also keep in mind, however, that there will be rolling acceptances for the White House event starting in mid-June.
What will increase my chances of being recognized?
The best thing you can do is create a compelling video to go along with your submission! If you created a software project, check out these example videos from a similar initiative (scroll down a bit). Also, submit any other PHOTOS and VIDEOS to support your story or project! Above all, tell us as much as you can about your project! Who it will help / where it is hosted / who can use it / etc.