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.
Open Data Day DC is a free event. The event is a collaborative project of the organizers (see below) and our 2016 fiscal sponsor and partner Data Foundation, with the generous help of our other sponsors, Socrata, Fastcase, Sunlight Foundation, and Chief.
If you have any questions or comments about the event, contact Josh Tauberer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re still nailing down the location and the program, but here’s what we expect:
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.
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.
Open Data Day DC is committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for all. For more, see our code of conduct.
Attendees self-report in multiple categories.
Wrote the book on open government data.
Government and open data hacker.
Open data specialist and investments manager.
Engagement and open data expert for a government agency.
Data Scientist and open data specialist.
Want to run your own hackathon? See https://hackathon.guide for tips.
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.
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:
Our breakout groups were:
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)
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.
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.
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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.