Lincoln creates the opportunity for citizens to get involved in serving their community by using technology to create new, innovative applications and platforms.
Lincoln, Nebraska – May, 29, 2014 – Lincoln will host one of over 100 events taking place throughout the U.S. (and beyond) on May 31 and June 1 as part of National Day of Civic Hacking. Sponsored by Intel, this event is a significant opportunity for government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and civically-engaged individuals to work together to solve complex social problems. Thousands of participants are expected to gather across the globe to leverage new data sets from local and federal agencies to create technology-based tools and services. The initiative is based on a variety of event models including hackathons, unconferences, block parties, and maker events. And because this is a grassroots initiative, local organizers such as #LNK Coding Women, and the municipalities they are working with, are adapting these models to create their own, unique experiences.
Participants gathering at Lincoln City Libraries' Eiseley Branch will use their diverse expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to make an impact on Lincoln. Participants will tackle a number of possible challenges, ranging from assessing the usability of the City of Lincoln's website on mobile devices to making the online municipal code more findable, readable, and usable and analyzing and visualizing public library data. At the national level, numerous participating government agencies include NASA, the Census Bureau, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Institutes of Health and Peace Corps. In Lincoln, partners include the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln City Libraries. LNK Civic Hack Day is made possible in part through the generosity of local sponsors, Lincoln-based businesses Argyle Octopus Press and MusicSpoke.
The event is a call to action for anyone in Lincoln who wants to make an impact; anyone can get involved, irrespective of professional experience. In addition to the challenges named above, participants can propose new projects that address any challenge facing the community: from a mobile app to allow community members to send feedback to the City, to platforms that address food and housing distribution for those in need. LNK Civic Hack Day 2014 will illustrate the power of open government practices, particularly where data is readily available to support meaningful collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Civic hackers are engineers, technologists, civil servants, community members, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs--anybody who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent open source solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our country. "I am thrilled to sponsor the activities of the LNK Coding Women and their ongoing efforts to support women in an underrepresented field,” said Jennifer Rosenblatt, founder of Argyle Octopus Press and MusicSpoke, and organizing member of Ladies Who Launch Lincoln.
National Day of Civic Hacking also demonstrates how the innovation community is active across America and deeply integrated across disciplines and geographic boundaries. The partners creating this initiative are eager to catalyze new innovation ecosystems and elevate the visibility of existing tech and creative communities throughout the country.
For more information on LNK Civic Hack Day 2014, visit: http://hackforchange.org/events/lincoln-hackathon/ For more information about the national initiative, visit: http://hackforchange.org/
National Organizing Partners
Code for America (http://codeforamerica.org)
Innovation Endeavors (http://innovationendeavors.com/)
Knight Foundation (http://www.knightfoundation.org)
#LNK Coding Women (http://lnkcodingwomen.org)
Argyle Octopus Press (http://argyleoctopus.com/)
City of Lincoln (http://lincoln.ne.gov/)
Lincoln City Libraries (http://www.lincolnlibraries.org/)
Local Contact Information
Karin Dalziel and Elizabeth Lorang