Mecklenburg County’s First Hackathon: Transit, Traffic, and More
By Jessica M. Davis, Web Services Manager at Mecklenburg County
Data helps governments pass laws, offer better services, and make informed decisions. Mecklenburg County, NC, is committed to providing residents with clear, accurate information regarding the expenditure of tax dollars for programs and services.
Earlier this year, Mecklenburg County, with the City of Charlotte and a few other organizations, introduced the Quality of Life Dashboard. This dashboard helps assess the health of neighborhoods in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. This citizen-friendly tool is one example of Mecklenburg’s dedication to open data.
On November 20, 2013, Mecklenburg County will team with Queen’s University Knight School of Communication to host their first hackathon. Modeled after successful civic hackathons staged in other counties, this free competition will emphasize creativity and agility. This event was planned to coincide with GIS Day, as most of the data sets available hold geospatial data.
The hackathon is open to anyone with an idea for or an interest in tools that can better connect residents with government information and services. Whether participants focus on traffic, trash pickup, community events, or neighborhood statistics, they are encouraged to be creative with their problem solving.
Mecklenburg County invites all residents, college students, IT enthusiasts, and web developers to register for the Mecklenburg County 1st Annual Hackathon.
More information about the hackathon can be found by visiting http://bit.ly/HeMjsn.