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aaronsw Memorial Hackathon

  • Feb 2, 2013 · 11:00 AM

HacDC will be hosting one of many, self-organized, global hackathons to memorialize the late Aaron Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) (More about him:

Participants will be asked to advance solutions to issues that were near to Aaron's heart.

Possible activities for the day include furthering work on his repositories (, opening access to information belonging in the public domain, developing or contributing to countermeasures to Internet censorship, and exploring code-driven methods to enhance social justice through access to data.

Send an email to [masked] for entry.

The event will be held in the church auditorium, inside the same building.

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  • Bryce L.

    Project Byzantium will be present and making good things happen.

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • G. S. M.

    Great! Good conversions and host.

    February 3, 2013

  • Tim S.

    February 2, 2013

  • Ben F.

    I will be coming in late... Are there a lot of people there?

    February 2, 2013

    • Alberto G.

      Ben I doubt anyone at the event is monitoring this page. Send an email to [masked] for entry.

      February 2, 2013

    • Ian

      No only 7 at the moment but we remain hopeful

      February 2, 2013

  • Alberto G.

    FYI, happening on Capitol Hill, on Monday, at 7pm, this event memorializes Aaron Swartz and seeks to raise awareness about the urgent changes that are needed in the CFAA. These changes are part of Rep. Zoe Lofgren's draft "Aaron's Law" (PDF here:

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    23 attendees so far, maybe we should try to reserve the sanctuary space?

    1 · January 28, 2013

    • Alberto G.

      Way ahead of you. Not the sanctuary, though. Stay tuned.

      January 28, 2013

    • Alberto G.

      Shawn, we have reserved the auditorium. :)

      1 · January 30, 2013



    January 30, 2013

  • Christine P.

    I'll try to stop by... was hoping to attend whole time but there was a small insurrection in my household because I've been away for the last 10 days. Sigh :/

    January 30, 2013

  • greg b.

    Thank you for organizing this. I've been working on a project that I think fits the frame: a 'knowledge commons' for DC called the District Commons. Right now, this project has two components: 1) a LocalWiki, which is up (and empty) now: and 2) a 'data commons' - at this phase, a simple CSV file with Open API that can interface with the LocalWiki. My personal objective is to first consolidate several different directory databases of local social services (including the DC gov's 211, Bread for the City's internal referral db, and other big(ish) data sets) so that every org gets a unique identifier in the common pool, which can then sync with LocalWiki (or other third party apps). But any efforts to common local knowledge are welcome. We also have access to the directory of ANCs (already scraped, but in need of importing to the wiki); the directory of government agencies/programs (and PDF indices with much information about them in need of liberation).

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • greg b.

      I could share some specific tasks that we've already identified, and also am eager to see what other ideas (or rethinking of our initial framework) y'all might come up with. Dunno if this is the place to do some pre-planning - if you want to think through stuff in advance, reply here or hit me up at [masked] -- or i will see you on saturday!

      1 · January 29, 2013

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