December 2, 2011
This year’s International Open Data Day is happening on December 3rd. Citizens in cities around the world will be gathering to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.
If you’re a software developer, designer, or visionary, check out an event near you. Here’s a short list of U.S. events:
Random Hacks of Kindness
Hack for humanity. Innovators will gather in 25 locations all over the globe to collaborate on solving huge global issues. The participating U.S. cities are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Manchester, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Princeton, and San Francisco.
- New York, NY
Farm Bill Hack
Food+Tech Connect and Gojee will bring together tech designers, journalists, food policy experts, and data specialists to develop tools and visualizations that help the public better understand how the Farm Bill impacts our lives. Check out the Farm Bill Hack Wiki for more info.
- Oakland, CA
OpenData Day Bay Area
CityCampSF, CityCamp Oaktown, and Urban Strategies Council are hosting a small Open Data Day hackathon to build on existing local efforts.
- Denver, CO
International Open Data Hackathon, hosted by Hacks/Hackers Colorado
Download open government data and build interactive map visualizations. Web designers and developers are encouraged to attend and contribute their skills.
- Seattle, WA
International Open Data Hackathon, hosted by Socrata
- Washington, D.C.
Open Data Hackathon D.C.
Open data continues to gain traction around the world, with new open data catalogs launching in Europe, North America, and Africa in 2011, and more data than ever made available from organizations like the World Bank.
This weekend, hack something to make the world a better place.
Use the twitter hashtags #odhd + #yow <— (your airport code) for hashtags. This lets organizers geocode and visualize tweets from around the world.
#OpenData — General Open Data comments
#odhd — Open Data Hackfest Day
#nyc — Your airport code
#sosodhd — Help! We need help with an application.
Did you know?
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