The atmosphere after a hackathon is usually one of relief and mutual congratulation, but the real work takes place in the weeks and months that follow. That’s when the programmers, designers, and subject matter experts refine their work, hopefully planting the seed for a new business or public service. In this article are four standout projects that emerged from the National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH), which took place over the first two days of June in 95 locations around the United States. Besides celebrating their ingenuity, there are some lessons to be learned from each of them.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Hacker
The term “hacker” still brings to mind ”black hat” criminals for many people across the country, a fact that was apparent in news reports following the National Day of Civic Hacking (NDCH) last weekend. This points to a need for greater awareness of the important contributions civic-minded programmers are making. The NDCH in particular contributed to this cause in its efforts to host events in areas that don’t have access to the nation’s large tech communities. The events were open to the public, and gave non-technical people a chance to sit with software engineers and get a brief glimpse of what it really means to write code.
Bahrain International e-Government Forum 2013
ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro will present at the Bahrain International eGovernment Forum 2013. The annual forum, which will offer attendees the opportunity to exchange information, experiences and expertise in the field of ICT, will address the most up-to-date technological developments by focusing on a variety of key topics and programs.
New Year’s Resolution for the Federal Government: Make It Easy to Complete Federal Forms Electronically
A simple resolution for all federal agencies, including the IRS, in 2013 is to resolve to consign all paper forms and all non-fillable PDF forms to the dustbin of analog history and create a plan to replace these forms either with fillable PDFs or online forms by the end of the year. Doing so would have great societal and organizational benefit in the long term.