Government releases ‘unprecedented amount of data’ for the National Day of Civic Hacking | VB

Thousands of people are coming together this weekend to improve the American government.

Tomorrow is the National Day of Civic Hacking. A consortium of government agencies, businesses, and nonprofits are teaming up to hold 96 events in 83 cities around the country. The goal of the initiative is to build solutions that address issues in neighborhoods, cities, states, and the country using publicly-released data

A civic hacker is described as someone who can use technology to creatively tackle problems, without much time or resources. 22 government agencies are posing challenges to participating software developers and entrepreneurs. Government partners include the White House, NASA, Census Bureau, Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Labor, and Transportation, as well as the States of Maryland, Nevada, and New York.