The National Day of Civic Hacking (#NDoCH) is a national community engagement celebration with events taking place on Saturday, June 6, in several cities around the country such as Miami, Chicago, Nashville, Wichita, Boulder, San Diego and Houston to name a few. There are many state government civic hacking events scheduled as well. For the entire list of these community events, visit http://hackforchange.org/events/.
In the spirit of the National Day of Civic Hacking, over 30 federal agencies have also released new datasets and challenges to hack. Each agency has a mission that impacts citizens and the lives of millions. These challenges allow for federal agencies to connect with U.S. citizens, gaining insight and contributions from all participants. Below, we have listed a few:
- Innovative Access to Scientific Reference Data: Improve access to NIST Standard Reference Data (SRD) by developing mobile apps that allows scientists and students to find and download data quickly.
- International Travel Guide: Develop a guide that integrates the State Department’s travel advisory API to display safe travel tips.
- Open Data City Sustainability Solutions: Create an application leveraging the U.S. Census Bureau’s City SDK that addresses an integrated sustainability problem in your city.
- WorldWise Schools Redesign: Create a tool to connect Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) serving abroad, and Returned PCVs with interested Educators and classrooms back in the US. View all Hack for Change challenges.
Civic hacking is the act of engaging citizens to use open government data, code and technology to discover one or many solutions to community issues. Civic hackers can be programmers, designers, data scientists, communicators, civic organizers, entrepreneurs, government employees or anyone who wants to collaborate in order to solve problems that affect the community. The more diverse group of minds and backgrounds, the more ways a civic problem can be observed and resolved. You don’t need to know how to code to attend an event and get involved.
Extraordinary ideas have spurred from these events that one may have never expected from just an initial look at the data at hand. There are now mobile applications that assist with finding a home, riding a bus or navigating traffic using such data. There is no limit to the innovation that can be ignited, so join in the effort on Saturday!