Have an app idea for civic change?
HACK FOR LA!
Here in LA on the National Day of Civic Hacking we will have just elected a new mayor; what better time to show the city and the country what the LA tech community can contribute than by being part of our civic hack day in Boyle Heights?
The event will bring together students, citizens, entrepreneurs, and software developers to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to Boyle Heights, our neighborhoods, and the city of Los Angeles.
This special AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, focused on civic hacking and is designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build apps/mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. Our hackathon will introduce you to the latest cutting-edge tools and APIs as well as allow you to access data sets provided by the city of LA.
Developers will have the chance to generate solutions for community problems in Boyle Heights and all of LA while inspiring local high school students about mobile app development.
To make this event even more interesting, there will be a Maker Faire taking place adjacent to the Hackathon, where attendees will have the chance to play with innovative new technology while learning about the diversity and cultural richness of the Boyle Heights community. Organizations including LA Makerspace and Two Bit Circus will demonstrate how fun technology can be by showcasing 3D printers and other awesome exhibits.
We Supply: Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake, along with technical senseis and mentors to assist you in building faster and smarter apps while incorporating new tools. We’ll also have specific civic data challenges that you can work on as part of a team.
You Bring:Your laptop, skills, ideas, and enthuaism for civic change. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via @HackforLA. Whether you are a backend person and code in Ruby/PHP/.NET or a designer and work with Illustrator, a student, or a data geek you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!
Event Schedule. The following is a list of the weekend’s agenda:
Saturday – June 1st
10AM – Saturday Morning – Kickoff with breakfast, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation
10AM – Saturday Morning – A quick “Introduction to Boyle Heights” information session led by the i.am.angel Foundation
11AM – Saturday Morning – Speakers present (please see below for list)
Noon – Pitch ideas and form teams + Lunch
10PM – Satuday Evening – End of the day 1
Sunday – June 2nd
10AM – Sunday Morning – The fun continues with an all day hackathon. Work with the teams that you formed on Saturday to produce the app spec’d out. Senseis will be available throughout the entire event to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 4PM.
Noon – Lunch is Served
4PM – Sunday Evening – Pencils down. Please sign up your teams to present via this link: http://bit.ly/hackprezreg Pitches start promptly at 4PM and are limited to three (3) minutes per team. No powerpoints unless you are only presenting an idea.
Judging Criteria.Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.
33% Weight – Ability to clearly articulate what your app does
33% Weight – Originality of idea
33% Weight – Potential for implementation in LA or in the Boyle Heights Community
Parking Information. TBD
Hackathon Terms: http://db.tt/kyPS9ojR
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