Our plan is to start looking at what local open data resources are available, possibly organize them and get them up online at opendatalehighvalley.org (or .com). We are open to any projects folks want to propose. Our goal is to have fun and build some cool stuff that can be used at a future event. The plan is to start Saturday morning with breakfast, talks and pitches, then hack the rest of the day Saturday and into Sunday. Sunday afternoon we will discuss/pitch what was worked on and enjoy a barbecue!
We hope you will join us!
Be a part of the first Civic Hackathon
in the Lehigh Valley.
National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that will take place June 1-2, 2013, in cities across the nation. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.
Tackle problems that affect a community.
You should participate in National Day of Civic Hacking because the toughest challenges are not one community’s alone to solve. This is a unique opportunity to get involved, connect with others like yourself, and develop technology that will make the world a better place.
Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.
Exercise a government’s interest in using open data and technology, in partnership with others, to address your local community’s felt needs.
Liberate open data that can inform better problem solving in every community.
Continue to collectively map a national innovation ecosystem and create new access points to that system.
Engage citizens in cities with little technology infrastructure to contribute to changing their community through open source, open data, entrepreneurship and code development.
Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by encouraging students to utilize open technology for solutions to real challenges.
Encourage large scale partnership and mutual understanding.
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