Hack for MN pushing open data in Minneapolis

Hack For MNHack for MN kicked-off today in Minneapolis as part of the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking, a movement dedicated to producing new and improved civic technologies.

Organized by OpenTwinCities and hosted by DevJam, roughly 75 individuals — citizens, developers and entrepreneurs —
have formed 15 teams to collaborate around solving local issues using open data.

Cultural affinity tools, real time criminal reporting and a mobile polling finder app are among the dozen or so projects being tackled today.

Hack for MN Main Floor

“Hack for Minnesota is about community building.  We wanted to bring this here to unite the many diverse minds who are passionate about leveraging technology to make Minnesota a better place to be in the future,” says Open Twin Cities co founder Bill Bushey

A trio of public-sector CIO’s Andrea Casselton (St. Paul), Otto Doll (Minneapolis) and Carolyn Parnell (State) have come through the doors of today, mingling with the crowd and each sharing information about the strengths and weaknesses of their respective ‘open data’ initiative.

“For a first of its kind, the potential to join forces with the public, private and constituencies is powerfull stuff. I’m excited to see what can happen after this event,” says Josh Kennedy, DevJam Evangelist.

Will the collective genius, passion and purpose here at Hack for MN, it will be interesting to observe the outcomes tomorrow around 3:00 at when the teams prepare to pitch their best MVP for the judging panel…