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National Day of Civic Hacking Widens Reach in Second Year

Hackers at a previous event.

This year's National Day of Hacking will last from May 21 to June 1, and will involve 79 cities around the world and 98 hacking events.

Credit: Insider Louisville

The National Day of Civic Hacking this year will broaden its scope to 79 international cities and 98 civic hacking events from May 31 to June 1.

Nonprofit civic collaboration group Khadem Foundation is leading the events, with support from Code for America and SecondMuse. "We're really trying to provide an avenue between government and citizens, and this is what civic hacking is really about," says the Khadem Foundation's Neisan Massarrat. He says this year's event series will feature international participation, including hackathons in China, Australia, France, Spain, and India. Currently, 14 government organizations have volunteered as event hosts or facilitators.

The Knight Foundation, which has donated $150,000, is planning an event in which hackers will tackle the challenges that face independent freelancers, entrepreneurs, and independent workers. Knight hopes the event will yield solutions that will help match workers with jobs; establish connections within a distributed, virtual workforce; and foster professional and personal support networks.

Last year's National Day of Civic Hacking produced a project to enable developers to use the White House's "We the People" petitions system API to build apps using data from submitted petitions and signatures, and a Peace Corps application to enable its volunteers and teachers to connect in real time.

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