SXSW Interactive 2013

National Civic Hack Day: Build Better Government

Government is essentially a mechanism for collective action. Citizens band together, make laws, enact policies, and build the institutions of government to manage problems that are too large for us individually and whose solution is in our common interest. The evolution of government in the digital age is the innovative use of collaborative technology to apply collective genius to the problems we face - at a city, state, national, and international level. Civic Hack Day is a national event that will take place in April 2013 in cities across the nation. The event will bring together software developers and concerned citizens from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data to solve challenges relevant to federal, state and local governments. Civic Hack Day will give us the opportunity to do that which is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our government.

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  1. What is the National Day of Civic Hacking all about?
  2. Why are hackathons effective at crowdsourcing innovation, accelerating progress and attracting new talent?
  3. What are the future applications of hackathons to solve humanity's toughest challenges?
  4. Why is this important?
  5. How can I get involved?


  • Nicholas Skytland, Program Manager, Open Government Initiative, NASA
  • Elizabeth Sabet, Project Manager, SecondMuse
  • Todd Khozein, Director, SecondMuse


Elizabeth Sabet, Program Manager, Mass Collaboration, SecondMuse

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  • Tags: hacking, government
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government and Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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