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San Francisco Open Legislation Civic Hack Night

Code for America

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, CA

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Join the Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation, sf.citi, GitHub, and Code for America's SF Brigade for a special hack night focused on Open Legislation!

Schedule Overview
5:45 pm Arrive, get settled, grab pizza
6:00 pm Introduction and Team Formation  
6:30 pm Hacking (GitHub will be there to help!)
8:30 pm Wrap up and share out
9:00 pm Event Ends 
 
Participants will be invited to attend a recognition ceremony on August 9th at 5 pm at City Hall
 
What's Open Legislation? 
SF will be one of the first cities to officially release its legislative codes in a technologist-friendly format as Open Data; for now, the data will be in the form of a "snapshot" of the most up to date legislative code, but the city is currently working with its publisher to automate the process by which the code will be pushed to the portal as it is updated.  In the future, this will allow platforms like GitHub to routinely download the code and enable developers to track changes over time, create deeper visualizations, etc. For the hack night, the city codes will be available in an RTF or HTML format ready for people to play with.

What can I work on at the hackathon?
While we do not know what specific uses or applications will be generated as a result of this effort, we anticipate the emergent technologies will increase overall accessibility of the administrative code and uncover new insights.  Examples include visualizations of changes of the legal code over time, identification of arcane legislation that needs revision, identification of what the “hot” areas of legislative code (those that undergo constant revision ) are, etc.  
 
Are there cool examples of things that have been done with Open Legislation already?
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Code for America
155 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)


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Code for America

Founded in 2009, Code for America (CfA) is a national nonprofit that partners with local governments and citizens to foster civic innovation. By working to reinvigorate civic participation, accelerate the civic startup marketplace, facilitate collaboration between government leaders, and build new tools that enhance and strengthen communities, CfA is helping governments solve old problems in new ways. CfA is working towards a government by the people, for the people, that works in the 21st Century.

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