Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Video: Civic Hacking in Pursuit of Democracy

Courtesy of the Sunlight Foundation:

There are a lot of great ideas about improving the way government functions. But it often takes more than one person or an idea to take action. This is where hackathons can help. These informal gatherings have facilitated the creation of projects and apps such as AxisPhilly’s Property Tax Changes map and our very own Ad Hawk app.

And that’s not all. Government agencies are starting to see the possibilities that could come out of making data available. Civic hackathons are changing the mindsets of skeptical government agencies who are realizing that the “geeky marathons” are producing tools that can help our cities and towns. As more government representatives get involved in these civic gatherings then the case for making public information more accessible in a user friendly format becomes easier to advocate for.

Please vote between now and May 16 to help Sunlight win up to $25,000 in democracy funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Please take a few seconds out of your day and cast your vote.

At Sunlight, we appreciate the uniqueness of civic hackathons because of the way they are improving the interaction between people and their governments. And we hope you feel the same way and will show it with your vote.

Thanks for all that you do,

Gab, Tiina and the rest of the Sunlight team

P.S. Read about our inspiration for making the Civic Hacking in Pursuit of Democracy video:

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