Code for Sacramento - International Open Data Day Hackathon 2013

Hacker lab is hosting Code for Sacramento's Open Data Day Hackathon come out and support your community with your code!

If you have an idea for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what's happening, then definitely come participate! No matter your skillset or interests, we are encouraging organizers to foster opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow.

We need computer cowboys and cowgirls like yourself to wrangle data into something useful. That means visualization, notification, integration, etc., all in the name of doing something crazy and fantastic.

We need people like you to make the everything look amazing, feel intuitive, and have a smooth user experience. The best application in the world that no one can use... isn't much use! You know the drill.

We heard you folks like books and eat catalogs of data for breakfast. You beautiful people are going to scour the earth for interesting data, help the rest of us figure out what’s important, and generally be useful.

YES! YOU ARE SO NEEDED. Seriously. While we can find it, blow it up, calculate it, and make it look pretty, we needs us some mean number crunchin’ to present meaningful visualizations. Join up.

We need you the most. If it weren’t for you, this whole thing wouldn’t be happening. We need ideas, cheerleaders, and friends to spread the word.

Here's one example of a project we could pull together...

Let's update all of the data from this 2004 report:

...and turn it into a dynamic platform that looks something like this:

Got an idea? Let us know in advance so we're ready to divide and conquer by sending an email to ash (at)

Or just show up! We'd love to have your help in any capacity.


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  • Art

    great networking op and chance to improve the efficiency and ethics of government

    February 25, 2013

  • Ron


    February 24, 2013

  • Mark D.

    Good start for transparency and open data in Sacramento - much needed.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm driving in from Folsom and don't know my way around Sacramento - is there somewhere to park? And I know this is short notice, but is anyone interested in a car pool?

    February 23, 2013

    • Zaki Q.

      there's street parking on I Street near the Hacker Lab. You just need to add more quarters after 2hrs. Parking is free after 6PM.

      1 · February 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Zaki!

      February 23, 2013

  • Ash R.

    Can't wait to see all you civic innovators tomorrow! Here's the agenda:

    10:00 am _Introduction
    10:30 am _Brainstorming
    11:00 am _Idea Pitches
    11:30 am _Form Teams + Develop Ideas + Hack
    1:00 pm _Lunch + Keep Hacking (you can do it!)
    5:30 pm _Demo + Show + Tell
    6:00 pm _Close


    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meeting at the Hacker Lab and I am so excited!

    February 22, 2013

  • Jonah P.

    Excited to meet you all Saturday, we certainly have a lot of work to do! Of the 30 largest cities US PIRG ranks Sacramento at #29 with a grade of F in transparency in city spending.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to this mtg/celebration

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking forward to my first meeting. I hope to meet a lot of innovators, inventors. Check out my invention at

    February 14, 2013

  • Mark D.

    Maybe one guest

    January 11, 2013

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