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Hack4Congress San Francisco

Ash Center for Democratic Governance, OpenGov Foundation, & POPVOX

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

Hack4Congress San Francisco

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#Hack4Congress brings together political scientists, technologists, designers, lawyers, organizational psychologists, and lawmakers to foster new digital tools, policy proposals and other innovations to address the growing dysfunction in Congress. Part of a three-city event (Boston, Washington, D.C. and SF), Hack4Congress invites people of all expertise to come make Congress more efficient and effective. 

Join us in San Francisco, March 21 & 22, and spend a weekend working on "hacks" or solutions to improve Congress. Participants will break out into teams to work on innovatie ideas, both technical and non-technical. For more information on the hackathon, how to participate and FAQ's, check out our Hackpad

Winners will travel to DC in May, to present their ideas to a panel of Members of Congress and civic innovators.

Schedule of Events:

Friday March 20th: 

Join us for our opening reception and panel, hosted by the Harvard Ash Center. More information here. RSVP here (note: this is separate from the Hackathon. You must register for both!). 

Saturday March 21st: Opening Reception, Orientation and Hackathon Day 1 (8am-5pm)

8am-8:30am: Check-in/Registration

8am-9am: Breakfast Buffet

8:45am-9am: Opening Remarks

9am-10am: Orientation


Introduce Problems/Projects


Form Teams

10am-12:30pm: Hackathon Begins

12:30pm-1pm: Lunch

1pm-4pm- Hackathon Continues

4pm-5pm- Wrap up Day 1

Sunday March 22nd: Hackathon Day 2, Project Presentations

8am-9am: Breakfast Buffet

9am-12:00pm: Hackathon Continues

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-1:30pm: Presentation Preparation

2pm-4pm: Project Presentations & Final Selection

Special thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors! 

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Lincoln Labs                                                               Brown Institute for Media Innovation


Code for San FranciscoEngine AdvocacyImpact Hub SFImpact Hub Oakland    CITRUS     Data & Democracy

Special thanks to Code for America for providing the venue!

When & Where

Code for America
155 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

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Ash Center for Democratic Governance, OpenGov Foundation, & POPVOX

The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion. 

The OpenGov Foundation is dedicated to developing and deploying technologies that support every citizen's ability to participate in their government, and hold it accountable.

POPVOX is an online platform for civic engagement and legislative information with a mission is to connect people and government, empower effective participation and create a transparent record that influences policymaking and fosters accountable, responsive governing.

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