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WhiteHouse: Roll Up Your Sleeves, Get Involved, and Get Civic-Hacking - http://hackforchange.org - June 1-2 2013

From: Steven Clift <clift@e-democracy.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:40:31 -0600
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This summer, on June 1-2, 2013, citizens in cities across the Nation will
join together to improve their communities and governments as part of the
National Day of Civic Hacking.

Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists,
and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by
collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create
innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans.  While civic
hacking communities have long worked to improve our country and the world,
this summer will mark the first time local developers from across the
Nation unite around the shared mission of addressing and solving challenges
relevant to OUR blocks, OUR neighborhoods, OUR cities, OUR states, and OUR

National Day of Civic Hacking is a call to action for anyone who wants to
make a positive impact on their town, city, and country.  A coalition of
leading organizations, companies, and government agencies have banded
together to issue this challenge with the goal of promoting transparency,
participation, and collaboration among governments, startups, and citizens.
These partners will support Civic Hacking Day by hosting activities across
the country that invite anyone to become part of the civic hacker
community—whether you’re a newbie or an expert—and by  connecting people in
person or online during the weekend celebration.

The event is taking place in conjunction with Random Hacks of
 and Code for America's <http://codeforamerica.org/> Brigade meetings and
is being modeled after the Innovation
Endeavors’<http://innovationendeavors.com/> Super
Happy Block Party.  A number of Federal agencies, including NASA, the
Census Bureau, and the Department of Labor, are participating by offering
specific challenges for hackers to work during the event.

This is an opportunity for citizens in every town and city across the
Nation to roll up their sleeves, get involved, and work together to improve
our society by cultivating an ecosystem for innovation and change.
 Activities are already being planned in Augusta, GA; Alexandria, VA;
Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Bend, OR; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO;
Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Honolulu, HI; Lexington, KY; Miami, FL*;
Oakland, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Portland, ME; New York City, NY; Philadelphia,
PA; Sacramento, CA*; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and
Tucson, AZ.

Ready to get involved in YOUR community?  You can learn more about the
National Day of Civic Hacking at: http://www.hackforchange.org/.

*Editor's Note: Cities with (*) have been added to reflect updates since
this blog was posted.*

*Brian Forde is the Senior Advisor to the U.S. CTO for Mobile and Data

*Nicholas Skytland is the Program Manager of NASA's Open Innovation Program*

Steven Clift - http://stevenclift.com
  Executive Director - http://E-Democracy.org
  Twitter: http://twitter.com/democracy
  Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072
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