Hackathon

Creating Safe-Spaces at Hackathons and Beyond

Posted on by Dana Oshiro in Brigade, Civic Hacking, Hackathon

At Code for America, the concept of safe-spaces is a necessity. We’re committed to building apps that are “by the people, and for the people” and we recognize that in order to do that, we need to make room for every …

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Brigade 101: How to Hack Night

Posted on by Noel Hidalgo in Brigade, Chicago, Citizenship, Civic Hacking, Data, Hackathon, Oakland

Following in the footsteps of Chicago’s Open City Open Gov Hack Night, Code for America Brigades are increasing innovation and building a national network of weekly meetups to socialize, code, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration for civic change. These hack nights …

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How the Houston Hackathon Happened

Posted on by Jeff Reichman in Brigade, Cities, Civic Hacking, Guest Post, Hackathon, News

This post is co-authored by Bruce Haupt, Performance Improvement Director for the City of Houston, and Jeff Reichman, Principal at January Advisors. View the original post here. This is the story of how we planned and pulled off the first …

National Day of Civic Hacking Report Back from NYC

Posted on by Noel Hidalgo in Brigade, Civic Hacking, Civic Startups, Dispatches, Hackathon, News

This past weekend, the New York City metro area hosted five National Day of Civic Hacking events! (Two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, one in Queens, and one in Newark, N.J.) One of them was the City’s first CityCamp and …

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Visualizing the Future of Government

Posted on by Renee DiResta in Guest Post, Hackathon, News

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I believe that the future of government is one of increased transparency and collaborative problem-solving. What gets us there is creating a culture of participation, in which citizens across industries contribute their expertise to help solve our shared difficult problems. …

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Hacking the Hackathon

Posted on by Hannah Young in Brigade, Hackathon, News

At Code for America, we’re no stranger to the hackathon and its event cousins: iconathons, make-a-thons, write-a-thons, and more. In 2013 alone, we hosted two hackathons at our San Francisco office, and partnered on events in 12 cities—and it’s only …

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Code Across San Diego

Posted on by Jeffrey Johnson in Brigade, Guest Post, Hackathon, News

Last weekend America’s Finest City gathered its finest civic tech folks for the second annual Code Across America event at Co-Merge in downtown San Diego. We were also celebrating International Open Data Day. It was not at all what I …

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Unlocking New Value from Government Data

Posted on by Alex Tran in Civic Hacking, Gov2.0, Hackathon, News

Team “Open Judge” hacking at Code for America

Everyone likes friendly competition. Over the weekend of November 2, Code for America hosted a hackathon competition dubbed “Data DeathMatch!” to provide hackers an opportunity to build apps utilizing fresh, newly opened data from the Fair Practice Political Commission (FPPC), …

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Beyond the Hackathon with Philadelphia’s Apps for SEPTA

Posted on by Mark Headd in Hackathon, Philadelphia

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People have been building transit apps for years, and there is no shortage of good ones to use, regardless of where you live. There is certainly no lack of talented developers in and around Philadelphia willing to chip in and …

5 Tips on Organzing a Hackathon

Posted on by Veronica Ludwig in Commentary, Guest Post, Hackathon

Veronica Ludwig, Chicago IdeaHack organizer and Brigade leader, reveals her five tips for executing an effective civic hackathon. For the past six years I’ve been organizing fundraisers, networking events, unconferences and hackathons. We started the IdeaHack with the Chicago CfA …