National Day Of Civic Hacking

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National Day Of Civic Hacking is a national event, promoted by the White House, that will take place June 1-2, 2013, in cities across the nation. The events 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, states and country.

Twenty-seven cities have planned events where hackers will have access to data from The Department of Labor, The Census Bureau, and even NASA’s space stats. It’s a joint project from the U.S. government, Code For America, Random Hacks Of Kindness, and Eric Schmidt’s early-stage venture fund Innovation Endeavors.

In my state of Oregon, Intel and Thetus are teaming up again.

Portland’s TriMet transportation system has been a leader in data sharing. By making data on public transit accessible, TriMet has allowed for the creation of more than 35 phone applications since 2005 using TriMet’s open data initiative.

Geoloqi, a powerful platform for next-generation location based services, has free apps available at Apple’s App Store and Android Market. It lets you easily build your own geo-location apps and games on top of their application.

Their secret sauce is in the algorithms that conserve battery life, minimizing GPS, WiFi and cellular pings, while delivering 20 ft accuracy with “opt-in” control.

OpenSignal the team that offers an app that crowdsources carrier coverage, is launching WeatherSignal, which does the same thing, but for weather. It currently only works with the Samsung Galaxy S4, which has all the sensors the app can tap, but older ones can at least report temperature and manual reports.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order recently that aims to make “open and machine-readable” data formats a requirement for all new government IT systems.

The mandate may bring new life to efforts started by the Obama administration with the launch of four years ago. It would also expand an order issued in 2012 to open up government systems with public interfaces for commercial app developers.

As part of the Administration’s Digital Government Strategy and Open Data Initiatives in health, energy, education, public safety, finance, and global development, agencies have been working to unlock data from the vaults of government, while continuing to protect privacy and national security. Newly available or improved data sets from these initiatives will be released today and over the coming weeks as part of the one year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy.

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Posted by Sam Churchill on Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 10:06 am .

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