Hackathon 2013

As part of Mecklenburg County’s annual Geographic Information Services (GIS) Day on November 20, 2013, the County and the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte are teaming up for a civic hackathon. This open data challenge is designed to teach county residents how to harness data and information to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Hackathon 2013 is a free event open to anyone with an idea or an interest in contributing to tools that can better connect residents with government information and services. Whether focused on traffic, trash pickup, community events or neighborhood statistics, the possibilities are endless. Prizes, provided by event sponsors, will be awarded to the teams that develop the most innovative and useful apps.

Modeled after successful civic hackathons staged in other counties, this first competition emphasizes both creativity and agility. Teams will have two weeks to design and develop a working prototype of their digital application for a presentation to judges at GIS Day.

The details can be accessed online at: http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/GeospatialInformationServices/gisday/Pages/Hackathon.aspx

I hope members can collaborate and take up this challenge!

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