Civic Hacking and Open Data: Its time to upgrade the Cities
Civic Hacking is transforming the way citizens interact with cities across the country. Like E-Government and Gov 2.0, the idea is about using computing and the Internet to improve what governments do. To this, Civic Hacking adds the Open Source/Hacker ethic of "I want this to be better, so I'm going to make it better" to foster community and create citizen lead civic technologies. When paired with Open Data - the movement to make government data as accessible as possible - this results in innovative community technologies like sites that enable citizens to take care of hydrants and sirens, and services that allow citizens to text information to cities about what is happening in their neighborhoods.
This presentation will go over what Civic Hacking and Open Data are all about. After that, we'll talk about the great things that Civic Hacking and Open Data have led to in other cities around the country. Finally, we'll talk about what is happening here in the Twin Cities with a focus on [Open Twin Cities](http://www.opentwincities.org/) - a new Code for America Brigade serving the Twin Cities - and [CityCampMN](http://citycampmn.govfresh.com/) - an unconference in Minnesota focused on the intersection of government, citizens, and technology.blog comments powered by Disqus