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Sacramento’s first National Day of Civic Hacking sees challenges from local government and nonprofits

Code for Sac: May 31–June 1 at Hacker Lab.

Hacker Lab and Code for Sacramento are teaming up to bring the National Day of Civic Hacking to Sacramento, on Friday, May 31 – Saturday, June 1 (dubbed locally as “Hack for Sac”).

The National Day of Civic Hacking–started by the White House–brings together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods and our cities.

This year Hack for Sac will be joined by leaders such as Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen and nonprofit Greenwise Joint Venture to present civic challenges in need of creative input from the community, both techie, and non-tech savvy, alike. Hacker Lab mentors will be on hand to circulate and advise teams on design, organization, marketing and presentation.

Hack for Sac
Friday, May 31, 6:30 p.m.
to Saturday June 1, 8 p.m.

Hacker Lab, 1715 I Street, Sacramento
View the schedule and register for free at http://hackforsac.eventbrite.com

Note: Participants can take breaks, come and go as they please, go home to sleep, and participate for as long as they are able

Prizes include gift cards to Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar and de Vere’s Irish Pub. Participants registering in advance will get free lunch from Chipotle and swag, including a $100 credit for Amazon web services.

The challenge presented by Greenwise Joint Venture is related to the “Year of Food,” as announced by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson at his State of the City Address.

The Greenwise challenge (should you accept it):
Build a solution that encourages local residents and visitors to purchase food grown in the Sacramento region. For example, approaches might deliver a smartphone app for buying food from local farmers and ranchers, or perhaps an online game for eating at restaurants using locally sourced ingredients. All deliciously creative ideas are welcome!

The team who creates the best solution to encourage people to purchase food grown in the Sacramento area will receive recognition from Greenwise Joint Venture, the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Code for Sacramento is a Code for America Brigade (think “Peace Corps for geeks”). As a Brigade, they are part of a national network of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service.

Register for this event at http://hackforsac.eventbrite.com

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