Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to support the National Day of Civic Hacking by participating in an event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street. The City is a partner in the event, which provides an opportunity for government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and individuals to work together to tackle community challenges through technology.
"The idea is to use public data to create technology-based tools and services to improve our community," said Mayor Beutler. "It's an event where creativity is valued as highly as technical expertise. Anyone can participate by simply proposing new projects. This is a great opportunity to join other civic-minded people with diverse areas of expertise who want to make a positive impact on our City." Beutler said an example of a challenge the group could take on is to make the online municipal code more usable and searchable.
Sponsored nationally by Intel, the local effort is being organized by #LNK Coding Women, a new group formed to encourage women, under-represented groups and beginning coders to explore and use technology. Saturday's event is sponsored by Argyle Octopus Press and MusicSpoke.
Lincoln's event is one of more than 100 taking place throughout the U.S. May 31 and June 1.
Federal government agencies participating include NASA, the Census Bureau, FEMA, the National Institutes of Health and the Peace Corps.
"The National Day of Civic Hacking offers the chance to bring together some of the best and brightest minds in the technology arena to push forward civic innovation and open idea-sharing," said Carol Coletta, Knight Foundation vice president for community and national initiatives. "We hope to see some promising prototypes come out of the event that will contribute to the success of cities across the country."
For more information on #LNK Coding Women, visit lnkcodingwomen.org. For more information on LNK Civic Hack Day 2014, visit hackforchange.org/events/lincoln-hackathon. For more information about the national initiative, visit hackforchange.org.