On the first weekend in June, civic activists, technology experts, and entrepreneurs around the country will gather together for the National Day of Civic Hacking. By combining their expertise with new technologies and publicly released data, participants hope to build tools that help others in their own neighborhoods and across the United States.
It's a great cause and we're excited to take part. On June 1, we'll welcome developers and tech experts to the White House for our second hackathon.
The last time we did this, it was a huge success. We hosted 21 participants who built apps and visualizations based on the new API for We the People -- the White House petition system. The White House development team drew on feedback from the hackthaon to improve the API and is adding code from its projects to a software development kit (SDK).
For the National Day of Civic Hacking, participants will focus on producing full, production ready apps and visualization tools that will be featured on the We the People website and made available under an open source license.
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