Philadelphia has one of the most robust and active civic hacking communities in the country.
As an early Code for America city and one of the few cities with a formal open data policy, Philadelphia has a rich history of civic engagement and the development of useful civic apps with open data.
This weekend, Philadelphia will celebrate the National Day of Civic Hacking by partnering with the City of Baltimore to develop shared solutions to the problems facing both cities.
Philadelphia and Baltimore are cities that have much in common. The two cities are geographically close, and face many of the same issues and problems. Both have active and growing technology communities, with many interconnections and relationships between the two communities.
Both cities operate 311 call centers, and make 311 service requests data available through a standard API. Both Philadelphia and Baltimore have embraced open data, and have encouraged outside developers to use their skills to help make their respective cities better.
The National Day of Civic Hacking represents a unique opportunity for these two cities – both leaders in the civic hacking and open data movements – to collaborate and identify common solutions to shared problems.
In addition to this intercity app exchange, there are a number of separate challenges available for participants to take on at the event his weekend. There are also a number of nice perks and benefits available from sponsors that can help support the work being done as part of the event.
Take a look at the challenges and resources available on the Hack for Change website, and then head on over to Drexel’s ExCITe Center this weekend to help celebrate something Philly does better than anywhere else – building civic applications that make our city better.
Mark Headd is the City of Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer. Follow him on Twitter @mheadd.