Hackathon aims to produce open government apps

Open government should get a boost from an event being held this weekend in San Francisco, according to event sponsor Granicus Inc.

The CityCampSF Hackathon, scheduled for Dec. 10 and 11, will bring together innovative professionals from government, technology and journalism, as well as community leaders, to work on building applications that will foster civic innovation and transparency in government.

"The groups that have stepped up to sponsor this event, and the more than 50 coders, designers, researchers and other amazing volunteers and participants who have already signed up to spend a marathon 24 hours working for civic good, are taking responsibility for helping move our government and our communities forward," said Adriel Hampton, lead organizer for CityCampSF and the founder of Gov 2.0 radio.

Granicus will be offering cash prizes for the best apps developed using its application programming interfaces, the Open Platform API and Search API.

Challenges for app development are becoming increasingly popular. GCN reported in June on a contest for non-programmers to develop an app to improve life in New York City.

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