Software Developers – Apply to Join the White House "Hackathon" on June 1

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
April 12, 2013

The White House is accepting applications from software developers and hands-on technology experts to participate in a day of national service at the White House on June 1 in support of enhancing the “We the People” petition system. The goal of the day will be to create production ready applications for integration with other systems and data visualization tools. The event will coincide with the National Day of Civic Hacking, a public-private initiative taking place June 1-2 in cities throughout the country. The deadline to apply to participate in the White House Hackathon is Friday, April 19.

The event will leverage and expand upon the projects, code improvements, and ideas developed during the first White House Hackathon in February 2013. Those projects included a petition mapper to show geographically where petitioners are located across the country, a graphical thermometer to show users how close the petition is to the threshold for a White House response, and a wordcloud package for R, the open source language and environment for statistical computing and graphics, to generate word clouds from petition text.

“By building and releasing applications that leverage the API, and by making it possible for other platforms to connect with We the People, you’ll be making it easier for others to take part in that conversation,” said Peter Walsh, Deputy Director of Online Platform for the Office of Digital Strategy, in his blog post.

Interested in joining the White House Hackathon on the National Day of Civic Hacking? Apply today using this online application form.

Source code for “We the People” on GitHub and