The White House has announced that the National Day Of Civic Hacking will take place between June 1-2. This is where many government agencies will allow citizens to work on various data sets to build technology intended to help the community. Around 27 cities have planned events where hackers will be able to use data from The Department of Labor, The Census Bureau, and NASA. The project was put together by Code For America, Random Hacks Of Kindness, and Innovation Endeavors (the venture fund put together by Google chairman Eric Schmidt). Below is the description of the event:
The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.
Hackers that participate will be able to combine the government data sets across the aforementioned agencies. A lot of the data sets that the government makes are public, but the problem is that many of them do not have APIs or manageable user interfaces. This is where the hackers come in to help.
To join the hacker party, sign up here.