I have been very interested in working more on civic data hacking to bring forth some benefits from all this data collected by cities including Los Angeles. Data is worthless until it is used. Anyone interested in some civic data hacking? Get in contact! — Douglas
It was a busy Saturday in downtown Louisville, Ky. While participants in a local 5K ran through city streets, dozens of civic hackers gathered a few stories up in a co-working space called the LouieLab for the Open Data Day hackathon. They worked on projects that would meet the hackathon’s main goal: deliver public data to area residents that would connect them to their community.
“I can’t think of anything more fun to do,” said Margeaux Spring, one of the hackers at the event.
Hackathons like this have become the birthing ground for many of Louisville’s smart city projects. Civic hackers and data enthusiasts like the ones gathered in the LouieLab, a city-run space open to the community, have become important in the efforts cities have made to become “smart,” i.e., using city data and devices in the Internet of Things to connect citizens to their communities. These civic hackers aren’t after fame (though a little bit of fortune if any of these projects turn into bona fide businesses probably wouldn’t hurt).