This Weekend: Event List for Civic Hacking

Keep Calm and Open Data American Flag Statue of Lady LibertyOur fabulous colleague Jeanne Holm is ready for the #hackforchange events this weekend and summarized some tips, notes and links to resources on Data.gov.

Great things will happen this weekend! Remember, if you hear about great uses of government data, let everyone know by tweeting #hackforchange or mention @usdatagov. The Data.gov team is organizing a webinar in a week, showcasing some of the best outcomes and hosting lightning talks by the developers and designers.

Wondering why you should care?

From the federal challenge and prize community perspective:

  • Hack days are a great way to get involved and understand “solver” communities
  • It is an opportunity to take the materials and ideas you think could evolve into a challenge competition directly to the public.
  • You can learn something about what people think of your data sets, mission problems and ideas.
  • Find out what is important to the local communities, what drives people to give their time to create new technologies, tools and systems.
  • Collaboration among this diverse group can help you better define your competition and frame multiple parts of a longer term initiative.

Now, here is the most complete update available on federal government engagement in the National Day of Civic Hacking:

Events

Transparency Camp—Arlington, VA
NSF Hackathon—May 31, Arlington, VA
HHS HealthDataPalooza—June 1 – 3, Washington, DC (Note: need to register)
Census Event—May 27, Washington, DC
White House – We the People Hackathon—May 29, Washington, DC

Challenges and Competitions

Dept. of Education—Innovative Access to Education Data
EPA—Harmful Algal Bloom
FHWA/DOT—Highway Performance Monitoring System
HUD/DOT—Location Affordability Portal
NASA—Asteroid Detection
NOAA/FEMA/NASA—Coastal Inundation
Safety Community—Safety Data Challenge
OpenFEMA—Interactive API Explorer
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office—Patent Application Publication Notification System and Trademark Notification System

APIs and Datasets

Census Bureau API
CFPB—Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Database
CFPB—Consumer Complaint Database
Department of Labor API
EPA—Envirofacts API
FederalRegister.gov
HHS—Health Data
HUD—Location Affordability Index Data
IMLS—Public Library Survey Data, Museum Universe Data, Administrative Discretionary Data
National Renewable Energy Laboratory—National Renewable Energy Lab Data
NIH—Pillbox Database
NTIA/FCC—National Broadband Map
Recalls API
Regulations.gov
Smithsonian – Arts & Culture and direct to the Cooper Hewitt Collection
USA.gov API
USPTO—Patent and Trademark Datasets

General support from the following agencies (sending representatives to events or public support):

Census, CFPB, DOT, DHS, EPA, FEMA, GSA, HHS, HUD, IMLS, NASA, NIH, NIST, NSF, OSTP, Peace Corps, SBA, Smithsonian, USAID, USPTO

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