Do you want to help crowdsource data for the Alexandria Plays app? Go outside and go to http://ap.codefornova.org to check out your local playgrounds!
The National Science Foundation and Code for America's Northern Virginia Brigade are teaming up again to host our second National Day of Civic Hacking, a one day event May 31, 2014 from 8am till 9pm, with a pre-event social hour on Friday night, May 30.
Come join other civic engaged residents and technology enthusiasts - from industry, non-profit, government and education sectors - as we create exciting new civic-based applications, or further develop existing civic-based applications.
You'll have the exciting opportunity to work with national data sets from the National Science Foundation and local datasets and applications from the City of Alexandria and Arlington County. You can also win one of a kind prizes from the NSF, and other cool techie toys from our sponsors.
Agenda (see also ndoch.codefornova.org):
7:30am - Doors Open, Registration & Breakfast starts
8:15am - Opening remarks
8:45am-10am - Challenge Presenations
10am-6pm - Project teams form and work on projects - Lunch will be provided at 12:30, and afternoon snacks around 4:30-5pm
6-7:30pm: Team presentations
7:30pm-8pm: Judges meet & deliberate
8-9pm: Awarding of prizes & special thanks to all attendees
What is civic hacking?
Don't let the name fool you, "civic hacking" is when like-minded people get together to improve their community and government by sharing ideas and then working together to build solutions using technology. If you're interested in working with other civically engaged residents on solutions, we're a civic hacker.
Do I need to have technical skills?
No! We do need developers, but to build civic applications that change lives, we need everyone--people wiith subject matter expertise from local government, the nonprofit sector, marketing, communications, design, etc. But most importantly, we need civically engaged residents. In other words, we need you!
Special Event for Kids: Alexandria Plays App Testing!
As part of the day's events, we'll be asking kids and their parents to test out a new playground app in the City of Alexandria. Parents and kids can pull out their smartphones and help "crowdsource" data to provide everyone with useful information about Alexandria's playgrounds, and how to improve the app for both kids and adults. More details about how to get involved coming soon!
Generous support and sponsorship provided by:
Project Play! - An initiative of the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Network that brings local organizations and Alexandria residents together to focus on increasing play opportunities in the City of Alexandria as one way to combat the City's high childhood obesity rates.
When & Where
Code for NoVA Brigade
The Code for NoVA Brigade is a volunteer initiative of San Francisco based non-profit, Code for America.
Our mission is to develop and sustain civic technology and open data infrastructure for Northern Virginia and:
- Make it easy for people to code for America.
- Help NoVA communities to adopt modern civic technology.
- Help NoVA communities to adopt open data infrastructure.
- Innovate in ways that improve the sustainability of civic technology and infrastructure.
- Fulfill the overall Code for America mission to “improve the way governments work better for everyone using the people and the power of the web.”
Find us at: http://www.codefornova.org/