Posts Tagged: hackathon

When Hacking Helps

Hackers, hackers everywhere. If you’ve been following the news recently, the “hacker” label probably doesn’t give you a warm-fuzzy sensation. But hackers aren’t always bad guys. To the software development community, hacking simply means taking a piece of code and altering it. It can be used for wrongdoing, but it can also be used to… Read more »

More Than Just a Hackathon

The era of technology, creativity, and collaboration is upon us. It’s the age of the Civic Hackathon! Government has increasingly used this tool to bring young, tech savvy, and passionate professionals from all sectors to put their heads together to solve some of our nation’s toughest technological challenges. Yet recently, Colorado became one of the… Read more »

The Tech Loop: To Cloud Infinity and Beyond!

The Tech Loop is a weekly compilation of the latest happenings in government technology gathered from around the web. This week’s topics include IoT, federal gov, cybersecurity, big data, and cloud.  Internet of Things I support things! Not the most effective campaign mantra, but nonetheless, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has drafted an Internet… Read more »

Engaging Youth in #Democracy Abroad – Plus your weekend reads

“One in five people living in the Middle East and North Africa are under the age of 24. 60% of people across the globe are under the age of 30. 65% in the middle east and north africa are under the age of 35. This is not only the future, but it is a demographic… Read more »

Meet the gov guru who reinvented websites #engagement – Plus your weekend reads

Martha Dorris has been a driving force behind the use of technology to help citizens more easily and quickly obtain government services and information, whether the contact comes through a website, email, telephone call or social media. At GSA, she created the agency’s two federal Web platforms — USA.gov and its Spanish-language counterpart, GobiernoUSA.gov. In… Read more »

Hacking towards a solution – 7 elements of a successful gov hackathon

The Digital Government Strategy, the Open Data Directive, the Open Data policy and the Open Data Partnership agreement are all pushing agencies to find new ways to jumpstart innovation. Hackathons are the easiest and cheapest way to do that. The idea is simple, get a bunch of smart and talented programmers together, provide them with… Read more »

BlueLightCamp – The Unconference and Hackathon for Emergency Responders

BlueLightCamp– the Unconference for emergency responders and those who work with them – is back for a second year. The Unconference will be on Saturday 27th April, in Manchester, and the Hackathon will be on Sunday. Both events are completely free to attend Full details are on the BlueLightCamp web site, and you can register… Read more »

GovBytes: Anticipated Portal [cities.data.gov] Up and Running

As of August 1, four cities — Chicago, Seattle, New York and San Francisco — became the first local governments to host their public data sets on the federal domain under the name cities.data.gov. Municipal Information Officers cite their decision to host the data on the federal portal as part of an overall message that… Read more »

Mobile America: Evolving Technology For Increasingly Mobile Citizens

Nandita Pinisetti (Chicago, IL) – Microsoft’s public sector developer evangelism group launched a U.S.-focused mobile app development campaign called MOBILE AMERICA in May, 2012. The concept is to bring patriotic citizens together with technological developers in order to create new and innovative software for civic good and fundamentally change how government interacts with its constituents…. Read more »