Taking a page off the free and open source software development community’s playbook, the White House has stepped into the crowdsourcing game by announcing a National Day of Civic Hacking.
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Forde is senior advisor to the country’s Chief Technology Officer for Mobile Data Innovation and Skytland is program manager for the Open Innovation Program at the National Aeronautic Space Administration.
Numerous tech communities have a long history of working together to build or refine software and other technologies, however, the summer event will mark the first time local developers from across the U.S. will work together in different projects under a shared government-backed program, they said.
Other groups involved in the event include the Random Hacks of Kindness and Code for America’s Brigade. The event is modeled after the Innovation Endeavors’ Super Happy Block Party.
Some government agencies such as NASA, the Census Bureau, and the Department of Labour, are participating by offering specific challenges for hackers to work during the event.