Hacking for Change? Tips for the National Civic Day of Hacking
If you are participating in a hackathon or just looking to do something amazing with open data, here are some quick ways to get started.
Find the Data
To find the data you need:
- Search the catalog at Data.gov, which includes some local government and universities as well. If you need help searching, here are some tips.
- More local data can be found for cities, counties, and states.
- Having trouble finding the data you need? Tweet @usdatagov or contact us.
- Looking for data beyond the Data.gov catalog? Post a question to the Open Data Stack Exchange.
If you make an app, visualization, map, or activity with open data, post it below. Best of luck!
Answer a Challenge
Challenges from the U.S. government are available at Challenge.gov. Specifically for open data, check out:
Looking for Inspiration?
Not sure where to get started? Some suggestions for interesting datasets and APIs, may inspire you…
Participate in an Event
There are 123 events around the country. The following are specifically organized around Federal activities:
- Transparency Camp – May 30-31, Arlington, VA
- Northern Virginia and National Science Foundation Hackathon – May 31, Arlington, VA
- We the People, By the People – May 29, White House, Washington DC
- Transportation Datapalooza – June 2-4, Arlington, VA
- Health Datapalooza – June 1-3, Washington DC
- Lean Data Project Development Census Event – May 27, Washington DC
Learn more about how the Federal government supports the National Civic Day of Hacking.