Facebook Hackathon at the U.S. Congress
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer are co-hosting Capitol Hill’s first-ever Facebook Hackathon in order to better connect our institution's stakeholders with developers and activists. The December 7 Hackathon will take place from 3:30 -7:30 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center - please enter the CVC using the First Street Entrances.
Over the past year, the House has developed new legislative data standards and Facebook has developed new layers for their Open Graph Protocol. Working in concert, both of these present exciting opportunities for developers to have a substantive impact on the legislative process.
Developers have a unique opportunity to improve our country's legislative institutions; as the public increasingly turns to social media in all areas of their lives, it is essential that Congress fully incorporate these platforms into its daily operations. This event will bring together Facebook engineers, independent software developers, transparency activists, and Members of the Capitol Hill community to explore how that incorporation should take place.
The Hackathon will consist of a series of breakout sessions designed to explore the innovative role that the social media should play in the public's relationship with their legislature. Participants in the Hackathon will be part of a unique experience designed to foster innovative solutions.