Hack For Change Louisville returns on Saturday, May 31, at the Nucleus Building, 300 E. Market St. If you’re a tech-type, a civic activist or a local leader, bring your skills to help the city and local nonprofits innovate and solve problems. This is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking — 120 events in 102 cities.

This year’s event is being organized by the Civic Data Alliance (CDA), which calls itself “the public’s voice for open data, interested in liberating, improving, gathering, defining, and reporting on public data.”

The CDA has begun pre-planning some of the projects that hackers will be working on this year. These projects include:

  • Help one of our nonprofits 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 nonprofit

You can plan to work on one of these projects or you can bring an open data project of your own. Tech-minded folk are obviously in high demand, but non-tech-types are more than welcome to come and contribute their skills.

The event is free and thanks to some sponsors there will be food and drinks available. There’s a lot more information and free tools that are available to attendees on the website. Follow the #Hackville hashtag on Twitter during the event. It starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.


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