Second Annual National Day of Civic Hacking May 31-June 1

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
May 29, 2014

Want to help make sense of the government’s Big Data? The 2nd National Day of Civic Hacking will take place this weekend, May 31 to June 1, in cities throughout the country. Anyone willing to contribute their time and skills can participate. A broad range of skills is needed.

Launched last year by the White House, this public-private initiative encourages citizens to help improve access to local, state, and federal government information through improved and new user interfaces, APIs, desktop applications, mobile apps, or other resources.

Here are a few of the challenges posed by federal agencies to inspire innovative solutions that can provide better and more effective services for the public:

  • White House Safety Data Initiative

    The White House would like to implement cross-agency and government-wide visualizations of safety data provided by individual agencies.

  • USPTO Patent Application Notification System

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invites technologists, programmers, and innovators to help build useful apps for the patent datasets. The USPTO particularly would like apps that allow users to subscribe to alerts for specific criteria, such as: (i) inventor name, (ii) assignee, (iii) classification, and (iv) keywords.

  • FEMA Interactive API Explorer

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency would like to improve support for developers who create tools for first responders, businesses and organizations supporting disaster victims, and individuals affected by disasters.

  • Highway Performance Monitoring Travel System

    The Federal Highway Administration would like to provide visualizations of highway traffic using newly available spatial data.

  • NASA Coastal Inundation in Your Community App

    NASA would like an app to help businesses and residents of coastal communities understand if they are in an existing or possibly future floodplain.

There are many more data challenges requiring interface designers, accessibility designers, usability designers, programmers, scientists, graphic artists, educators, program managers, testers, and creative thinkers.

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