How to make a community liveable in 36 hours: Hold a civic hackathon

Code for Communities.com

Developers, designers, UI experts, data nerds and policy wonks converge on Denver this weekend for the first 36-hour marathon Code for Communities civic hackathon.

Lead organizer Placematters brings its sustainable decision-making mantra to the tech sector with a newfangled take on the typical burrito-fueled hackfest: Use public data to inform prototype web and mobile apps designed to improve residents’ quality of life. The event launches at Uncubed Coworking Space Friday at 6 p.m. and runs though Sunday when an all-star panel of judges select the winning pitches.

Meanwhile, you can vote and comment on app ideas posted to the Code for Communities forum. Top vote-getters thus far are:

• mobile crowdsourcing app that routes dangerous cycling paths

election day tracking app that lists ballot issues, poll wait times and more

• location aware app that maps vacant lots and brownfield areas to streamline infill projects.

Tekhne’s suggestion to heat map entrepreneurial density across the state is … um … languishing with a mere seven votes.

Placematters is hosting the event along with local open data partners Open Colorado and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If you’ve got an idea that needs public data, they can hook you up.

For more information, head over to Code for Communities or better yet snag a free ticket at Eventbrite.