National Civic Hacking Day will Provide Data Security Solutions to Americans

By Amanda Ciccatelli January 23, 2013

Hacker is a term known to mean a proficient programmer or engineer with the technical knowledge to understand the weak points in a security system in order to break into computer systems. It turns out that the United States government is looking to hackers to actually help create a more safe and secure nation.

Today, the White House announced that it will kick off a "National Day of Civic Hacking" on June 1st and 2nd and is inviting those with tech know-how to use their coding skills to improve communities across the country.

"Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans," the White House wrote in a statement.

The National Day of Civic Hacking was created by a coalition of organizations, companies, and government agencies including Random Hacks of Kindness, Code for America, NASA, Department of Labor, and the U.S. Census Bureau who will come together to promote transparency and collaboration among governments, startups and citizens. They will support Civic Hacking Day by hosting activities that invite anyone to become part of the civic hacker community—whether a newbie or an expert. 

 

Image
via Shutterstock

On June 1st, activities like block parties, hackathons and brigade meetups will take place across the entire country. Participants will give hackers government data with coding challenges that are targeted for helping local communities.

"This is an opportunity for citizens in every town and city across the Nation to roll up their sleeves, get involved, and work together to improve our society by cultivating an ecosystem for innovation and change," the White House said.

Activities are now being planned in Augusta, GA; Alexandria, VA; Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Bend, OR; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Honolulu, HI; Lexington, KY; Oakland, CA; Palo Alto, CA; Portland, ME; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Tucson, AZ, with more to come.

While the government has asked for the help of techies, anyone can participate in Civic Hacking Day. Interested in getting involved? Click here.




Edited by Brooke Neuman

TechZone360 Web Editor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Verizon Shows Support for Nepal Earthquake Victims

By: Dominick Sorrentino    4/27/2015

As international aid agencies and NGOs gear up to help the victims of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, claiming more than 3…

Read More

Survey Shows Business Executives and IT Leaders Disagree on Future of Enterprise Tech Investing

By: Peter Bernstein    4/27/2015

Perception can become reality, and this is not necessarily good news. This is particularly true during times of major change, which we are currently e…

Read More

Comcast-TWC Demise Points to Online Video's Ascendency

By: Tara Seals    4/27/2015

Comcast may have called off its $45 billion megamerger with Time Warner Cable, but the legacy of what that means for the FCC's policy for online video…

Read More

How Solar Investments Will Change in 2016

By: Anna Johansson    4/27/2015

The solar industry has been of particular interest to consumers, businesses, and technology developers over the course of the past decade or so. Solar…

Read More

Nevada: Silver State to Tech Center

By: Doug Mohney    4/24/2015

Silver was the primary mineral mined in Nevada when it was admitted to the union in 1864, earning it the slogan of "The Silver State." Times changed, …

Read More