Peoria Civic Hackathon: Building Peoria's Open Data Portal

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Peoria Civic Center

201 Southwest Jefferson Avenue

Peoria, IL 61602

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-- WHY --


Civic hacking is a creative and often technological approach to solving civic problems. These civic problems run the gamut from voter registration and public education to helping consumers buy homes and choose financial advisors. Often civic hacking involves the use of government data to make governments more accountable, but the goals of civic hacking are as diverse as those who might call themselves hackers. Civic hackers can be programmers, designers, data scientists, good communicators, civic organizers, entrepreneurs, government employees and anyone willing to get his or her hands dirty solving problems.


If you want to take part in an unprecedented effort to move government into the 21st century and contribute to impactful civic data projects, join us on August 10th at the Peoria Civic Center for Building Peoria's Open Data Portal.


-- WHAT --


1. Register to attend
2. Show up at 9AM on August 10th
3. Sign up for the challenges that interest you
4. Break into groups to tackle the challenges collaboratively
5. Share your progress with everyone by the end of the Hackathon
6. Have a positive impact on Peoria


While "hacking" is sometimes associated with cybercrime, a Hackathon is an event where participants experiment with data, technology, and ideas to solve challenges. At this Civic Hackathon, we'll be tackling the challenge of how data might be better applied to solve challenges that impact peoples' lives in our community.


The Civic Hackathon will be at the Peoria Civic Center from 9AM-5PM on August 10, 2019. The event is completely FREE for all attendees. When you arrive at the Hackathon, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for a challenge that matches your skillset and interest. Here is a sampling of some of the challenges you might be able to sign up for on August 10th:


- Solving a local challenge using an already available data set
You might be interested if you are a: Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Software Developer, Activist, Urban Planner


- Cleaning and organizing already available data sets:
You might be interested if you are a: Data Scientist, Data Analyst, Data Engineer


- Writing human-readable data set descriptions
You might be interested if you are a: Writer, Urban Planner


- Beautifying the theme/aesthetic of the open data portal:
You might be interested if you are a: Graphic Designer, Web Developer


- UI/UX recommendations
You might be interested if you are a: UI/UX Designer, Web Developer


- Adding functions to source challenge ideas, list upcoming events, or showcase finished or in-progress projects
You might be interested if you are a: Software Developer, Web Developer


- Identifying local challenges
You might be interested if you are an: Activist, Urban Planner


We will have light refreshments available to all participants (water, soda, granola bars, fruit) and heavier food options will be available for purchase at numerous vendors throughout the Civic Center. This event is in conjunction with and made possible through IGNITE Peoria. IGNITE Peoria showcases hundreds of local makers, musicians, artists, innovators, dancers, and actors, in one STEAM inspired interactive FREE day of fun and learning!


-- HOW --


For data to be used efficiently in our community, we need an Open Data Portal. This is a publicly accessible database that makes it easy for activists, elected leaders, businesses, the media, and civic data champions to answer our community's most pressing questions. Learn more about why Open Data is so important.

At this Civic Hackathon, participants will divy up challenges associated with building an open data portal and work on it collaboratively as a single team.

Schedule

9AM-9:30AM: Registration
--> Check in to the Civic Hackathon and meet a few people before getting to work.
9:30AM-12:30PM: Morning Session
--> 9:30AM-10AM: Introduction & Rules
--> Receive a brief welcome from organizers and learn the process for contributing to the Open Data Portal.
--> 10AM-12:30PM: Working Session
--> Get to work on the challenges that you're interested in!
12:30PM-1PM: Progress Update
--> Take a short break to see what progress has been made by other participants
1PM-4PM: Afternoon Session
--> Get back to working on challenges that you're interested in (does not have to be the same as morning session)
4PM-5PM: Presentations
--> Celebrate the progress that was made during the Civic Hackathon through short and simple presentations. Earn recognition for your contributions.

Learn more about the Peoria Civic Hackathon at www.openpeoria.com.


Peoria Civic Hackathon: Building Peoria's Open Data Portal is made possible by our Headline Sponsor: Tada Cognitive Solutions.




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201 Southwest Jefferson Avenue

Peoria, IL 61602

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