We told you about the National Day of Civic Hacking a few weeks ago. Tomorrow, Louisville joins New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and over 100 other communities in participating in this event.

#Hackville, as the Louisville event is being called, has been organized by YourMapper’s Michael Schnuerle. Back in February, the White House’s Code for America fellows came to Louisville and hosted a hackathon. Schnuerle’s team won for its public safety app SafetyCheck (now available in the Apple app store) which uses crime reports from the city’s open data portal.

Organizing #Hackville is Schnuerle’s way of giving back.

From the Hack For Change website:

Together across America, these events will provide citizens with an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our neighborhoods, our lives and our government.

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.

Originally the event was going to be competitive, like Code for America’s recent Hack-a-thon. But the spirit of this event is collaboration, cooperation, and learning. So there will be no prizes, just awesome ideas and apps that we create during and after the event!

#Hackville will bring together civically-engaged do-gooders, government representatives, businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs and the tech community to build new solutions to local problem using open data and technology.

The event takes place at iHub, 204 South Floyd Street, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can still register– and it’s free! Here’s the schedule:

  • 8am – Doors open, mingling, coffee, breakfast, setup
  • 9am – Introductions and overview
  • 9:30 – Data, project/app ideas
  • 10 – Break into self-organized groups to work on ideas
  • 12 p.m. – Lunch on site
  • 1 – Continue working on ideas, finish prototype
  • 3:30 – Present prototypes
  • 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

Bring your laptops and other tech gadgets, power cords and your big ideas. You don’t have to have tech skills to participate. Marketers, businessfolk, entrepreneurs and big idea people are also needed. As are people who simply want to help make Louisville better.

The website recommends familiarizing yourself with the following data sources:

Lexington is also hosting an event, so this is a statewide effort.