On June 1 – 2 the inaugural National Day of Civic Hacking will take place in over forty states across the US, including the Twin Cities. The event will bring together multiple stakeholders in an effort to collaborate and produce new and improved civic technology.
Organized by OpenTwinCities and hosted by DevJam, the event will include a “hackathon” where citizens and programmers will work to make the best product in categories such as Best Mobile Apps, Best Websites, and Best New API.
“We’re connecting lots of people in one area ranging from developers to city leaders,” says Bill Bushey, co-founder of OpenTwinCities. “Anyone who’s interested in building things. We’re looking for interesting problems and trying to solve them.”
Bushey mentions they are seeking knowledgeable technology experts in local, state, and federal governments to present examples for how to use public data APIs. So far, Bushey has met with officials doing IT in Minneapolis who will talk about how to involve citizens in government technology and also act as judges for the hackathon.
When asked about what sort of applications he expects to see, Bushey responds, “A lot of visual apps such as crime apps, apps for transportation information, and so on,” he explains. “It’s really contingent on the available data and how we can use government as a platform.”