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Lincoln Labs Open Government Hackathon, Seattle

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This is a hackathon to work on projects related to open government. They're offering $5000 in cash prizes. From the event page:

Is it depressing that cost us $1 billion? Shouldn’t we know how our taxpayer money is being spent and how decisions are being made? If you said yes, then join us!

Residents of Washington State have a long history of leading on open government efforts. Lincoln Labs will be hosting a hackathon, sponsored by Microsoft, to find solutions to one of the biggest problems facing our Republic: transparency.

Whether promoting an open dialogue about legislation or citizen oversight of federal contracts, this hackathon will provide innovators the opportunity build creative products within 24 hours to address critical challenges facing American governance and promote open government.

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  • Andrew S.

    Lincoln Labs's events are sponsored by Generation Opportunity, which is in turn funded by the Koch brothers.

    Don't want to start a political flamewar, but this was enough to change my participation and is not immediately apparent on the event website. Best of luck to those participating.

    2 · December 5, 2013

    • Pat T.

      Alex -- trip report? ;-)

      1 · December 7, 2013

    • Henry P.

      Yes Alex, Are you going to share your trip report with me:>) Thanks + Safe trip back to Bay Area. Henry

      December 8, 2013

  • Henry P.


    December 7, 2013

  • Pat T.

    There's actually quite a bit of activity locally about government transparency e.g. in our Techno-Activism 3rd Mondays group and in Code for Seattle.

    But when I think of opaque organizations, it's not government I think of first, but rather corporations, political action groups, political non-profits, media, and the interface between those and government.

    I'd like to know, for instance, what companies are lobbying for, which politicians receive funding from companies and subsequently offer or vote on bills affecting said companies, which politicians leave office to take lobbying positions and does that correlate with their action on bills benefiting their new employer... Attempting to extract that info automatically is likely a hard problem in more than one sense, but what if one incorporated crowdsourcing and crowdsourced verification?

    Given the evident "government is the problem, free market is the solution" stance of Lincoln Labs, another venue may be more amenable.

    December 7, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Now I'm worried. It just occurred to me that the purpose of this event may be to persuade people into an adversarial mindset against the government and / or to acquire a list of people for further recruitment efforts, especially targeting people outside of their usual audience.

    1 · December 6, 2013

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