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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


San Antonians Accept White House’s Offer to Hack Open Sources

Local citizens aim to enhance civic resources at Geekdom this Saturday

 

At a glance:

  • In response to the White House’s offer to hack open sources with publicly-released data, local citizens will gather at Geekdom (110 E. Houston, 7th floor, 78205) on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Alamo Civic Hackathon
  • Attendees at the Alamo Civic Hackathon will have the opportunity to participate in rating the ease or difficulty of the City of San Antonio’s website via mobile devices; primarily job vacancies and vendor portals and generate ideas for multi-purpose apps which benefit freelancers, small businesses and local entrepreneurs

 

SAN ANTONIO (May 29, 2014) – Residents of the Alamo City have accepted an open invitation from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to use publicly-released data, code and technology to improve civic resources. In what is known as the National Day of Civic Hacking, local programmers, designers, entrepreneurs and community activists will gather at Geekdom on Sat., May 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Alamo Civic Hackathon to seek constructive ways, via apps and website mobility, to improve community portals containing local governmental resources.

 

Attendees at the Alamo Civic Hackathon will have the opportunity to participate in two major

components: 1) Rating the ease or difficulty of the City of San Antonio’s website via mobile devices;

primarily job vacancies and vendor portals 2) Generating ideas for multi-purpose apps which benefit

freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs.

 

“The goal of the Alamo Civic Hackathon is to actually construct new avenues of public data that will be highly beneficial to residents versus the deconstruction of a website or platform,” says Catherine Lester, publicity manager for the Alamo Civic Hackathon. “There are technical and non-technical components for this event, so anyone interested in improving civic resources can attend. Community participation is really important because it empowers people to drive change for the governmental bodies that serve San Antonio residents.”

 

In the vein of civic engagement, this event complements San Antonio’s vision. It directly supports SA2020’s initiatives of economic competitiveness and downtown development, and it brings awareness of entrepreneurial resources, such as Café Commerce, Geekdom and the City’s vendor portal.

 

About the Alamo Civic Hackathon

The local event is organized by openSATX with Code for America as a sponsor. Nationally, the initiative is sponsored by Intel, with additional support from Knight Foundation, Yahoo and Socrata. Some of the federal agencies participating include the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Follow the Hackathon on social media through Facebook and event hashtags: #openSATX #hackforchange. ■

 

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