Are you wondering, "Should I go to a Hackathon?"
Here's a guide to help you decide. And when you become convinced, remember to save the date of February 25th for "Code Across America: A National Day of Civic Innovation".
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“I think it would be good if Austin could work with Code for America fellows and create new applications for our community... I know Austin’s tech community will be very interested in the Fellowship program – it’s a great opportunity.” - Mayor Lee LeffingwellAustin has proposed to partner with Code for America to produce lightweight creative technology that empowers the city to become a platform for community engagement. The project will extend access to government that allows city agencies to easily and effectively deliver information and services. Instead of a citizen government relationship limited to request and response, such a system will allow for more dynamic collection of feedback, issue management, email notification, discussion and event management. The goals of transparency and openness are becoming standard expectations in nearly every level of government. Often government agencies struggle to achieve these goals and meet the demands of the communities they serve due to a lack of technological resources that make common information and services available. The City of Austin is challenged with keeping up with their motivated and engaged community. City leaders are committed to closing the gap between typical city government issues and the best impulses of the community it represents.