Would you like to use your tech, leadership or other talents to help Louisville create solutions for municipal problems? Maybe even in a single day?
Well, mark Sat., June 1 off on your calendar.
A National Day of Civic Hacking will take place around the nation on June 1 and June 2. Cities all around the country are planning hackathons, Maker faires, tech expos and meetings over the course of those two days to bring people together to try to solve challenges in their cities.
Hack for Change Louisville (aka #Hackville) is a civic hackathon currently being organized and sponsored by the good people at YourMapper.
We don’t have much to tell you, yet – it is still very much in the planning stage – but we wanted to make sure you saved the date.
According to the Hack for Change website, the local Louisville event has six goals:
- Create a one-day environment for entrepreneurs, app developers, and programmers to create innovative apps and websites using open government 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 at the city, county, and state level that should be made public (property, transit, GIS, etc).
- Create outcomes participants will act upon after the event is over.
The event is currently seeking volunteers and sponsors. You can sign up to attend the event at this link. There is more information about the volunteer and sponsorship positions available at the Hack for Change website. We’ll update you when we know more.