Open Data Day DC
March 4–5, 2016

Open Data Day DC is a yearly hackathon and training event in Washington, DC on the same day as more than 100 other Open Data Day events throughout the world.

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. (How do we do it? See https://hackathon.guide for how to run your own.)

When
March 4–5, 2016
Where
Washington, DC
(venue TBD)
Who
350 professionals and hobbyists who use open data to make the world better.

Please check back in the winter for next year’s registration information.

The Program

Friday

Interactive workshops geared toward data and policy professionals.

Last year’s workshops included introductions to open data, data science, hacking, mapping, APIs, and more. Participants with all levels of experience (including none) are welcome.

Saturday

Full-day hackathon session to build open data prototypes, plus more workshops.

Hackathon projects mix open data with real world issues, from public education here in the District to road safety in the Philippines.

Who Attends?

>300
attendees
43%
women
55%
new to open data

32%
coders
29%
advocates/
organizers
27%
data scientists
24%
project managers
24%
government staff/
domain experts
14%
communicators

Attendees self-report in multiple categories.

The Team

Joshua Tauberer

Wrote the book on open government data.

Eric Mill

Government and open data hacker.

Sam Lee

Open data specialist and investments manager.

Katherine Townsend

Engagement and open data expert for a government agency.

Julia Bezgacheva

Data Scientist and open data specialist.

If you have any questions or comments about the event, contact Josh Tauberer at tauberer@govtrack.us.

In Past Years...

2015

The fourth Open Data Day DC was held on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 2015, at The World Bank. More than 300 individuals participated in workshops and project hacking.

Press coverage:

Other links:

Thanks to The World Bank, O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop, U.S. Open Data, Development Seed, and Amazon Web Services. The event was organized by Joshua Tauberer (GovTrack.us), Eric Mill, Sam Lee, Katherine Townsend, and Julia Bezgacheva (World Bank).

Our interactive/hands-on workshops were:

  • Introduction to Open Data (Eric Mill)
  • Data Science isn’t Magic (Aaron Schumacher)
  • Build With, Not For (Laurenellen McCann and Jessie Posilkin)
  • Open Mapping (Max Richman)

Our breakout groups were:

  • DC’s open data and FOIA (Traci Hughes, Director, DC Office of Open Government)
  • Have data? Get some help making it open. (Tom Lee, Mapbox)
  • Building partnerships for challenges and hackathons (Kat Townsend)
  • Deep-dive into APIs (Lindsay Young, GSA/18F)
  • Data licensing demystified (Rebecca Williams, Data.gov)
  • Open data for business (Joel Gurin et al, Center for Open Data Enterprise)
  • Civic hacking: What’s a hack and what good can we do? (Matt Bailey, Code for DC)
  • Github 101 (Leah Bannon, Code for DC)

2014

With over 300 participants, Open Data Day DC 2014 was our largest yet. This year we expanded to two days, February 22-23, 2014, at The World Bank.

Our projects included law enforcement effectiveness in developing countries, road safety in the Philippines, launching a new Code for Nepal organization, analyzing open budget data, parsing PDFs, measuring corruption, access to local law, parent choices in DC public schools, cataloging open data, mapping DC’s trees, mapping international conflict, and mapping oil infrastructure.

We also ran four workshops: An Intro to Open Data (by co-organizer Eric Mill), An Intro to Open Collaboration (by Leah Bannon), Open Mapping (by Max Richman), and An Introduction to Python (by Shannon Turner)

Flickr | Eric’s Recap | Sam’s Recap | CodeForDC’s Pre-cap | OpenGov Foundation’s Pre-cap

Open Data Day DC 2014 was 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.

2013

Our second Open Data Day was on February 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!

We also ran an introductory tutorial on open data.

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.

Eric’s Recap | Sam’s Recap | Josh’s Recap | Tumblr | Storified Tweets | Flickr One | Flickr Two | Hackpad

Press coverage

DCist: Hack D.C.: Hackers Put Open Data to Use to Help Improve Local Government

The Atlantic Cities: Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

Greater Greater Washington: How school tiers match up with Walk Score

Greater Greater Education: Community of civic hackers for education takes shape

2011

The first Open Data Day hackathon in DC was on Dec. 3, 2011 at the Martin Luther King Public Library with 45 participants. 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.

See how it got started.