For Immediate Release March 18, 2013
Rigo Leal, Public Information Officer, 303-651-8840
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Hack Your Way Into Longmont Local Government
MARCH 18, 2013 - Take a hack at improving local government services by participating in the Longmont Hackathon on April 12-14 at Skyline High School, 600 E. Mountain View Ave.
Sponsored by the City of Longmont, the Hackathon is open to anyone interested in using the City’s information (open data sets) to build software and apps to enhance City services. From experienced developers to young wizards, everyone is invited to come make a difference in our community.
Bring your own ideas or use one of the many submissions listed at LongmontHackathon.com. Ideas submitted so far include apps for a community calendar, a crime map, making park reservations, library happenings, road conditions, volunteering, real-time bus location, and an app that gauges public opinion. Submit your ideas any time, and vote for your favorite suggestions online.
Hackathon participants are encouraged to work in teams, and single developers can join a team on the first night of the event. Registration is free at the Hackathon website. You’re also invited to volunteer at the Hackathon; just sign up on the Hackthon website.
Prizes range from $1,000 for the team with a winning design to $75 gift cards per individual team members. Sponsors include Western Digital, Constant Contact, ESRI, and Holland and Hart.
Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Scott Converse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-875-1243.