A yearly hackathon in the District of Columbia and on the same day as open data hackathons around the world.
February 22-23, 2014 at The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA.
Organized by Joshua Tauberer (GovTrack.us), Eric Mill (Sunlight Foundation), Sam Lee (World Bank), Katherine Townsend (USAID), and Julia Bezgacheva (World Bank) and hosted by The World Bank, with a pre-party thanks to Development Seed and MapBox, and photography thanks to the Internet Society.
Event wrap-up coming soon.
We will have 4 stellar introductory workshops, each two hours, run by some open data experts that we admire:
The workshops will run in parallel to the hacking, and participants are encouraged to go in and out of the workshop track to maximize their experience.
We'll break up into groups, decide on projects, and then get working. You'll be deciding on the projects, so start thinking about problems you'd like to tackle. Come with your own project, or join someone else.
We typically have projects related to:
Do I have to be a coder to attend? No! Designers, writers, statisticians, subject matter experts, and anyone with a passion for open data can be a hacker. All four of our workshops have no coding experience required.
When: Feb. 22 and 23, 2014. We’ll start both days at 9am. Saturday will run to about 6pm and Sunday will close promptly at 2pm.
Where: The World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC, Preston Auditorium
Cost: Free. But you MUST register before Feb. 18.
Bring a goverment-issued photo ID, a laptop, and a charger.
We’ll have some breakfast food and beverages/snacks throughout the day, but you will be on your own for lunch.
Our goals are to strengthen the open data community and to make connections between people and between projects. There is no beer or pizza at our hackathon, no competitions, and no time pressure.
Also this year we are joining other tech events by adopting a code of conduct.
If you have any questions or comments about the event, contact Josh Tauberer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Open Data Day DC Archives...
Our second Open Data Day was on Feburary 23, 2013 at The World Bank.
Over 150 developers, data scientists, social entrepreneurs, government employees, and other open data enthusiasts participated in our event, first at a kickoff Friday night at Google’s DC headquarters and then at the Saturday session at The World Bank.
Participants worked on local DC issues, global open source mapping, world poverty, and open government. GitMachines, a project started at the hackathon, won $500,000 from the Knight News Challenge on Open Government!
Open Data Day DC 2013 was organized by Josh Tauberer (GovTrack), Eric Mill (Sunlight Foundation), Katherine Townsend (USAID), Dmitry Kachaev (Presidential Innovation Fellow), Sam Lee (The World Bank), and Julia Bezgacheva (The World Bank). Special thanks to The World Bank, and thanks to Google for hosting our pre-party and to the Open Gov Hub for organizing our closing round of drinks.
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The first Open Data Day hackathon in DC was on Dec. 3, 2011 at the Martin Luther King Public Library. It was organized by Josh Tauberer (POPVOX) and Katie Filbert (Wikimedia DC).
The theme of our hackathon was open government data, and participants worked on improving access to U.S. law, scanning federal spending for anomalies following Benford’s Law, understanding farm subsidy grants, building local transit apps, and keeping Congress accountable. Only about half of the participants were programmers, but everyone found a way to be involved.
Read more about what we did on the post-event recap at https://www.popvox.com/features/opendataday2011.
See how it got started.