New York hackathon looks to use open data to assist with city governance

This past weekend thousands of hackers, coders, and open-data activists showed up to their local cities’ events to celebrate “International Open Data Day,” which was created to support “the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.” More than 140 cities worldwide offered hackathons where anyone and everyone could show up to help develop softwares that utilize whatever open data each city provided.

New York, not a city without its own open data trove, also participated, but used this event as way to garner support for even more open data participation on the city’s part. While still holding the “Code Across America” title, it was not a hackathon but deemed a “prototype-athon.”

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