Data DeathMatch! Nov. 2rd/3rd, Fight Political Corruption and Help Schools Work Smarter!
Are you a hacker, designer, or civic nerd who wants to fight political corruption or thinks that our schools should work smarter? Choose your focus, work with our government allies, and join Code for America for a hackathon to improve the cities we live in. We’ve opened datasets, now available through well documented APIs, and have lined up a blockbuster group of open data advocates standing ready to help you build apps that will revolutionize the way citizens interact with government.
How are we different than other hackathons? We’re bringing the experts to YOU, to work on shiny, newly accessible data. If you’ve ever wanted to build a civic or education app with a real understanding of the context behind the data, this is your chance.
What are we working with?
Government data: The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of California (our state’s official watchdog that holds public officials accountable) has recently taken the bold step to make the 2011 economic interest filings of some California officials available as structured data, not just PDFs on a website. Stocks and houses and gifts, oh my! You have the chance to raise the bar for all transparency initiatives by creating new value out of this data.
Education Data: For developers looking to jump into the growing educational technology market, LearnSprout offers a unique opportunity to turbo charge your idea. The company has built the first-ever API that allows you to tap into live data from a school or district’s Student Information System (SIS). This opens the door to countless possibilities that before, would be impossible without access to live data.
Bonus: Prizes (TBD). Beer, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the amazing Code for America offices! Also, board games, ping pong and air hockey!