I had a blast participating at the first #Hack4Congress event at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, so I am super pumped that OpenGov is turning it into a hacking franchise! There are already two more hackathons lined up, one in SF this weekend and another here in DC next month at the Capitol. What makes this experience unique is the opportunity for technologists to pair up with policy experts so they can learn from each other, throw a bunch of crazy hack ideas at the wall, build some prototypes, and see what sticks.
Seriously, make time to participate in one of these.
Here's more info from Leili at OpenGov:
#Hack4Congress, a series of “not-just-for-technologists” events, brings together political scientists, technologists, designers, lawyers, researchers, Congressional staffers, and lawmakers to create new digital tools, policy innovations, and other solutions to address the dysfunction in Congress.
To get a sense of what a #Hack4Congress event is like, take a look at this great recap video from the first hackathon:
There will be a total of three #Hack4Congress events. The first took place at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in January; the second will be this weekend, March 21-22 at Code for America’s headquarters in San Francisco; and the third will take place in DC, April 29-May 1, at Google’s new headquarters. The winning team from each event will come to DC to present their ideas to members of Congress and their staff.
San Francisco, CA
When: March 21-22, 2015
Panel discussion at SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94105
Hacking at Code for America HQ, 155 9th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
When: April 29-May 1, 2015
Panel discussion and reception on April 29 at Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, 901 K Street NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20001
Two days of hacking at Google DC, 25 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20001
Registration: Will be free, but the event is limited to 100 people. Look for another email from us soon!