The weekend of March 4-6th marks Code for America’s fifth annual Code Across event where developers, designers, local government employees, community organizers, and storytellers from around the world come together to make communities work better.
This year in Salt Lake, Open Salt Lake is connecting our Code Across with CourtHack for a 22 hour sprint to solve challenges in the court system.
The event will take place at Matheson Courthouse (450 State Street, SLC). Onsite registration opens on Friday (3/4) at 5pm followed by a panel presentation at 6pm where field experts will share some of the challenges participants can tackle. Technical, business, and legal mentors will be on hand to support teams with project development throughout the hackathon.
While the opportunities to improve the court system are constrained only by the creativity and innovation of participants, projects might include:
mobile apps that streamline individual court transactions (looking up a court date, paying a fine, or scheduling a hearing)
a tool to enable remote filing of emergency protective orders
an online repository or portal offering plain language information about jury duty requirements, dispute resolution options, or how to get help if you have legal problems.
Join us for this opportunity to create real change in the US justice system right here in Salt Lake City. Bring your ideas, your energy, and your skills (whatever they are–everyone with an interest in the issues is welcome).
In honor of National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH), Open Salt Lake is bringing together the local technology community to launch Code Utah, a summer-long event to combine “Learning, Coding, and building a better Utah.”
Easily finding and using public data is a core principle of 21st Century government. Our goal is to take public data from Utah’s new open data portal (http://www.utah.gov/data/) and make it actionable, addressing local needs through visualizations, new apps, and tools for the community. More than 1300 datasets are currently hosted on the portal and the State has committed to finding and posting any other public data that developers want to use throughout the Summer Open Data Drive.
We will launch, in conjunction with NDoCH at ImpactHub SLC (http://saltlake.impacthub.net/), on Saturday, June 6th. The launch party will introduce participants to the open data available and groups will start forming to explore ways that open data and technology can improve issues ranging from health to food access to education to climate change. Over the course of the summer, there will be many learning opportunities and teams will work on digital solutions that use open data, culminating in a juried demo day and hack session in late August with prizes and awards in a range of categories. Join Open Salt Lake in placing open data in the hands of developers and communities to drive toward greater impact.
Can’t make the event ? Have an Idea for a team to work on?
This event is just the beginning and we know that not everyone will be able to make it. So as we develop our teams we will be organizing team support where you can register or join a team.
Ideas are the seeds for projects and we have an an Ideas Page where you can look for a project, add an idea of your own. Please comment on and ideas by adding thoughts on how to build it, identify data sources or just register your support.
National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that took place June 1-2, 2013, in cities across the nation. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.