Capitol Camp 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Friday, November 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM (EST)
Capitol Camp 2012 spans two days, and includes a Hackathon targeted toward computer programmers on Thursday, November 15th from 10am - 5pm; and an Unconference targeting a wider audience of both technical and non-technical participants on Friday, November 16th from 10am - 5pm.
The Hackathon gives participants the opportunity to build an application that benefits government. Applications built at government hackathons generally consume government data, and are a popular way to rapidly build prototypes that demonstrate what is possible when government data is made freely available. This Hackathon will convene at 10am, 11/15/12, in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building and run until 5pm.
The Unconference consists of less technical, interactive sessions that examine the intersection of government and technology. The Unconference will convene at 10am, 11/16/12, in Hearing Room A of the Legislative Office Building and run until 5pm. Attendees propose session topics to present and engage in active dialog within the context of the following three thematic tracks: Open Data, Transparency and Open Source.
- Open Data - A look at how government can best expose their data to citizens. Topics of exploration include: 1) What data should be made available, 2) What are the optimal data formats for open data, 3) What are different platforms available for delivering open data, 4) How can open data initiatives be done in a cost effective way, and 5) What is value of open data.
- Transparency - Discussions about how technology can serve to enhance openness. Topics of exploration include: 1) Benefits and challenges of government transparency, 2) Specific examples of government transparency initiatives, and 3) Transparency-enabling technologies.
- Open Source - Find how government organizations can (and do) leverage open source technology. Topics of exploration include: 1) Open source philosophy and development model, 2) Popular open source development tools and platforms, and 3) Barriers to adoption of open source technologies