The Hacks/Hackers NYC inaugural open(source).athon was so successful, we're going all out with a bigger, bolder version:
Developers, designers, journalists:
Join Hacks/Hackers NYC and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center on Nov. 6 & 7 for The Great Urban Hack, a two-day, overnight, open-source hackathon that celebrates the city.
Design, report on, code and create projects to help New Yorkers get the information they need while strengthening a sense of community -- all in a massive warehouse with an art installation.
Whether it's news, politics, government information, arts, culture or education — any journalism or technology project that helps residents connect to their communities is welcome.
We'll feed you throughout the hackathon, while side presentations will keep your brain (and your energy) going. Bring an open mind, a possible open-source project idea and a willingness to collaborate.
There will be API talks including presenters from Streeteasy, which is introducing their new API. Betaworks folks from bit.ly and chartbeat will be there. The New York City Big Apps challenge will be there to speak, plus a rep from the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Also Mark Malkoff, the viral video comedian who worked for the Colbert Show for four years, will be on hand.
Register now for The Great Urban Hack, a "marathon for geeks," and get ready to build your best open-source ideas for journalism, civic engagement and technology in the city. Need a team? Go to our crowdsourced Google doc
A big thanks goes to our sponsors, Patch, the Knight News Challenge, WNYC, and Google for helping to make The Great Urban Hack possible. And Thank you to Meraki for helping with the wifi.
We look forward to hacking all day and all night with you.
1. Projects should not be under development prior to the start of the event. Pre-existing code libraries, APIs, sketches, and similar raw materials are allowed, but the spirit of the event encourages participants to build what they can in 36 hours.
2. Choose an Open Source Initiative-approved license http://www.opensource..., or, if for a non-code project, a Creative Commons license if an OSI license does not meet your needs.
3. Projects aren't limited to code or an app. Creating websites, design systems, information graphics, maps, etc. are OK!
4. We encourage participants to work with at least one person at the event who they don't already know.
5. We encourage coders and non-coders to work together, with both types actively participating throughout the project's development.
Teams that have elements 4 & 5 get extra points from the judges. (Yes, there will be judges.)
Winners receive glory in the form of Twitter karma and other online and offline publicity TBD. And maybe tickets to something very cool.
—Hacks/Hackers NYC & Eyebeam Art + Technology Center