This past weekend was a turning point for local technology and the future of the Santa Cruz economy. In what can only be described as a wild success, UCSC students held their first ever hackathon and blew the socks right off their local mentors, teachers and community leaders. 381 more words
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How can we make Omaha a SynchoniCity?
“What do open data, social networks, embedded sensors, and mobile devices have in common? Together, they make the SyncroniCity possible– a future city where civic hackers and empowered citizens can program their city from the ground up.” 9 more words
There’s a discussion starting on the U.S. Government API Google Group on the subject of charging for the use of government APIs.
This is an interesting discussion (one that governments should pay attention to as they develop their API strategies) and is a nice follow up to my last post on… 727 more words
Sustaining civic technology will mean that both government’s IT infrastructure and the civic technology sector that builds on it will need to change.
A pair of recent blog posts caught my eye and highlighted this theme in my head, and motivated me to capture a few thoughts on this topic. 977 more words
New York City is on the cutting edge of both technology and government. It follows, then, that the city would also be on the cutting edge of two movements working to integrate technology and government — those of civic hacking and open data & government. 785 more words
Hacking has always been an important component of healthy democracies. Despite the bad connotation the word often has these days — indicating rogue criminals breaking into computer systems, stealing identities, spying or worse — hacking is really just any amateur innovation on an existing system. 510 more words