It’s that time of year again, and we’re just two short weeks away from this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking. Since 2013, National Day of Civic Hacking has brought together developers, community advocates, and government representatives to collaborate on solutions for some the most pressing problems in our communities. At Socrata, we’re proud to have been a part of National Day since the beginning, and we’re excited to be participating yet again.
In this post, we’re going to give you some helpful tips about how to prepare for, attend, and make use of data a National Day of Civic Hacking event near you. Future posts in this series will provide additional resources as we get closer to the big day!
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Are you lucky enough to have one of the 40+ National Day events in your community? Make sure you’re ready! There are a few simple steps you can take to prepare:
If you need help planning, or would like some help identifying datasets and ensuring they’re ready for your developers, reach out to your Socrata account manager to schedule a consultation, and I’d be glad to talk with you about how to prepare.
Attending a National Day event in your community, and still trying to figure out how you can make the biggest impact? Many of the challenges established for 2016 can be either solved with or augmented with open data. For example, if you’re working on the Applying for Food Stamps challenge, you could add functionality to your app to help recipients locate authorized retailers in Connecticut or food stamp centers in New York City.
If you’re looking for datasets, the best place to start is the Open Data Network, our global search engine for open data. From one search field, you can access tens of thousands of datasets from hundreds of governments, and even build comparisons between cities based on open data. For example, here’s a search for affordable housing datasets for the “Applying for Affordable Housing” challenge.
If you run into any snags during your event, either look for one of the Socrata representatives that may be at your event, or catch us in our IRC support chat room.
Are you organizing a National Day event in your area? In addition to coffee, wifi, and power strips, there’s another critical resource you’ll need to think about: open data.
In addition to providing open data for your event, there are many other ways Socrata can help: