December 14, 2011

Build a Better Civic Hackathon: Lessons From Education Hack day

EDUCATION HACK Day, held November 12 and 13 in Baltimore, can teach us all how to "build a better civic hackathon."

For those of you organizing civic hackathons, what's important to note is that this was a collaborative effort between teachers and developers. Teachers outlined their problems. Developers addressed them.

According to Luke Fretwell of GovFresh, "too many civic hackathons focus on developer vanity projects that don't address real technology issues governments face. Government must bne proactive in organizing and sharing their needs and collaborate with civic-minded developers during hackathons like Education Hack Day to get these problems addressed. Developers need to focus on projects that make a difference and provide sustainable technology solutions."

ShineOn Storytelling created an excellent video overview of Education Hack Day.

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