Open Gov Hackathon

Join us after CyborgCamp Portland on Sunday, October 3rd, for an 8-hour hackathon to see who can build the best open government application in just one day! Over $1000 in prizes will be awarded to the best apps!

Participation is free and open to anyone, we just ask that you register in advance so we know how many individuals or teams we need to accommodate. There will be free breakfast, coffee, lunch, and beer!

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  • 8:30am - Breakfast and coffee
  • 12:00pm - Lunch
  • 5:30pm - Teams and individuals demo their apps
  • 6:30pm - Prizes awarded!
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We are giving away an Apple iPad and a Sonos Music System for the two apps that win best use of the Tropo API and best use of the Geoloqi API. Entries will be judged by representatives of Tropo, Geoloqi, and the City of Portland.

Who should attend?

Ruby, Python, PHP, web developers, coders and anyone who has a passion to code, hack or kluge applications that will free (or otherwise enhance) the accessibility and usefulness of government-shared data.

There is no restriction on the languages you use or the types of applications you create! We welcome iPhone apps, Android apps, web apps, or even just a clever Perl script.

Although the sprint takes place On Oct 3rd after CyborgCamp Portland, you don't have to be attending the conference to join us!


NedSpace Old Town, 117 NW 5th between Couch and Davis.

Backspace is right downstairs, Davis Street Tavern is right next door, there's a parking lot across the street, and it's right on the MAX line.

What's going to happen?

There will be organizers on-site to help get things rolling. At 5:30pm, each app will be evaluated by the Hackathon Partners and prizes will be awarded to those teams or individuals that develop the best applications in the 8 hour. Participants need not show up right at 8:30am, but those who do will have the most time to code!

Hackathon Partners

Partners are companies and organizations that provide tools or services that can enhance open government apps. They're also providing the prizes and will be choosing the winners. If your organization has tools or services that you think would be useful to the Hackathon, contact Aaron Parecki or Amber Case and we'll add you to the list!

  • Tropo - Tropo is a powerful yet simple API that adds Voice, SMS, Twitter, and IM support to the programming languages you already know.
  • Geoloqi - A secure, real-time mobile and web platform for location sharing.



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