Leveraging Hackathons for Government, Q&A with Alameda County

In 2009, the White House launched its Open Government Initiative, with a goal of promoting transparency and increasing the efficiency of government, which included making public data available for use in new programs and applications. Since then, organizations from NASA to the City of Houston to the State of Colorado have been hosting hackathons to… Read more »

Capitol Code: An Open Data Jam Uses Data to Create Citizen Technology Solutions

According to a recent article by Nextgov, “cities hold the largest share of government data in the U.S., covering everything from liquor licenses to teacher performance reviews, but only a handful of cities have released that data to outside researchers and app developers.” This Nextgov article is one of many addressing the use of open… Read more »

Hack for MN 2013

By Ben Ortega, Senior Software Engineer at GovDelivery On June 1st we celebrated the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking, a day dedicated to leveraging technology and open data to improve communities. Not satisfied with a typical single day event, our local civic-minded techies at Open Twin Cities organized Hack for MN, a weekend-long… Read more »