This is the second year that St. Edward’s University has hosted such an event and it’s always exciting to see what a weekend of hacking can do, especially for organizations that are not usually in the developer spot light. From May 31st to June 1st, teams will hack away at issues that matter, creating technology-based solutions for government agencies, nonprofits, and other community organizations who don’t usually have access to resources to advance their cause on their own.
It’s a great opportunity for local organizations and activists to pitch their civic impact projects to a room of hackers and designers who will collaborate and solve issues using open source technology and data. The event calls for “socially-minded and civically-impassioned” Austinites to join developers in a weekend of non-competitive hacking centered around publicly available data, code and technologies. For those who want to pitch an idea, the awesome folks behind ATX Hack for Change will actually help you brainstorm your idea, craft your pitch and get your idea hackathon-ready for the weekend. Submit your project today. For developers and designers, register here.
Last year’s event drew in 90 attendees who made strides in social good projects including a food rescue project in collaboration with Keep Austin Fed, which was recognized by the White House as one of 15 leaders and organizations of the Champions of Change program. This year, we’re glad to be an API sponsor and challenge teams to use our Voice and SMS platform to solve a wide variety of social and civic issues including public transportation, urban farming, government transparency, environmental protection, and food scarcity, just to name a few.
This year, ATX Hack for Change is anticipating over 200 attendees. Register now to hack for social good.
The National Day of Civic Hacking, is a nationwide event that brings together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs over a weekend to solve civic and social challenges using open data, code and technologies. These new solutions can be at the neighbourhood, city, state, or even country level and simply put: prioritizes the improvement of our society. 95 events have already been planned across the country with over 11,000 attendees and 75 data sets and resources, join an event near you today. If you’re planning a hackathon in the near future, email me at lucy [at] plivo [dot] com for potential sponsorship opportunities.
*Note: Check out the Plivo Tutorials to get started building your own SMS & voice apps.
The Plivo Tutorials:
- Voice: receive a Text-to-Speech call
- Voice: make a Conference Call
- Voice: build a Phone Menu (Interactive Voice Response)
- SMS: send a text message to any phone number