Democracy is not inevitable or a given; it must be sustained and strengthened by each generation. Today, American democracy is challenged by unlimited political contributions, polarized legislatures, gerrymandered districts and opaque processes.
But efforts such as the Voting Information Project, open government data repositories, online voting, ParliamentWatch and TheyWorkForYou have demonstrated that technology can make an important contribution toward improving our democratic institutions.
Do you have an idea for an app that will improve this fall’s election? What tools do we need to improve citizen engagement? What app might help mitigate the impact of voter ID laws?
Join Azavea and the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project to Hacks for Democracy, a multi-day political data hackathon bonanza.
- Fri, Sept 14, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, API and Project Idea Presentations
- Sat, Sept 15, 9am – 5pm, Hackathon
- Sun, Sept 16, 9am – 5pm, Hackathon
- Mon, Sept 17, 6pm – 9pm, Hack evening
- Mon, Sept 24, 6pm – 9pm, Hack evening
- Mon, Oct 1, 6pm – 9pm, Hack evening
- Fri, Oct 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Final Judging and Awards
Bring your computer, ideas, and friends. We’ll bring judges, prizes, and food!
For a full schedule, times and locations, submit ideas, and to register, please visit: http://www.hacksfordemocracy.org