The Public Knowledge Workshop - an Israeli non-profit - has created an open source municipal budget transparency platform. They have organized a hackathon which will include participants in Tel Aviv and San Francisco.
The hackathon will be non-competitive and dinner will be served, so it should be a low pressure way to meet other hackers. Hackathon participants can choose to work on the municipal budget transparency platform or another project focused on the world Jewish community.
I plan to attend the San Francisco event and work on the municipal platform. I hope a few of you can join me.
Let's use open source technology to fix the financial industry! Large financial institutions caused the Great Recession, but regulators have not reformed them. Before the next crisis hits, let's create a suite of open source financial models and feed them with big data. We can use these technologies to figure out which assets are risky and which aren't. Rather than wait for top down financial reform from Washington DC, we can do it from the group up.