The US government annually makes large stacks of data available online for anyone and everyone to get together and “hack” it for the common good. The first National Day of Civic Hacking took place in 2013, and was the biggest of its kind in history, involving over 11,000 citizens at 83 cities across the US. I was proud to co-create and help facilitate Miami’s hackathon, attended by over 200 people from 8 to 80 years old (the 8 year old was my own son!) and resulting in a number of fantastic ideas and web tools for a better city.
Here is some of the press coverage of the event:
- Mining Data for the Community’s Good
- Results from Hack For Change
- Civic Hacking: ideas that mine data for Miami’s good