WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, together with its long-time strategic partner, Esri, and a new start-up, MindMixer, will co-sponsor the first local government hackathon, Hackstock for #LocalGov, in conjunction with the ICMA 99th Annual Conference in Boston. During the hackathon, New England-area computer programmers and university students will use input from jurisdictions across North America to develop new technology applications for addressing community problems and engaging citizens in community dialogue. Scheduled to run from 7:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, at the Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the event will bring together government personnel and developers to foster innovation in government via collective problem solving.
"Hackstock for #LocalGov is an excellent forum to demonstrate the power of open data combined with tools to express that data," says Chris Thomas, director of government marketing for Esri. "Esri strongly supports transparency at all levels of government, particularly the local level. Through the apps developed at Hackstock, we hope to provide new information portals and tools to inform decision makers and the public."
Websites with data portal access and links to Esri developer tools—sample code, APIs, SDKs, and map viewers—will be supplied to all teams, giving participants a one-stop resource for creating applications that display authoritative national data. Esri staff will also be present throughout the hackathon in Boston to provide hands-on technical assistance.
Hackstock for #LocalGov is a project of the #LocalGov Technology Alliance, an Esri-ICMA initiative to explore the world of big data, open data, apps and dashboards, and what it all means for local governments. Join the conversation on the #LocalGov Technology Alliance Blog.
Register here for Hackstock for #Local Gov today!
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MindMixer believes that good, informed ideas are out there, but that many don't make it to the surface or are drowned out by the volume of usual voices. MindMixer's online community engagement and social media intelligence tools connect organizations with community members who might not otherwise get involved. With the country's largest suite of best-in-class engagement technology, MindMixer makes it easier for community leadership and members to have more productive, collaborative discussions than they would using traditional approaches like offline town hall meetings and message boards.