PNA and Webjunto to host #opengov hackathon during Philly Tech Week

  • Apr 09, 2015

Tricia Greyshock, VP, association services

For details about the 2016 hackathon, #HackTheVotePA, please click here. 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 9, 2015) — The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association and Webjunto will co-host a one-day hackathon themed around open access to government on Tuesday, April 21, at Interstate General Media headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa.

webjunto_logoPNA invites participants to gather in a creative and competitive environment to create the best piece(s) of media that increases or improves transparency in government. We’re looking for apps, video, APIs, social media, games, combinations, etc. – anything that can make the most compelling case to the widest possible community in support of tracking the spending of tax dollars and understanding the actions of government agencies.

Come with peers, assemble or join a team, and work with on-site developers and designers to tackle some of the data challenges faced in today’s media landscape.

Who should attend? Media creators, technologists, students, business professionals — anyone who wants to explore new forms, break down barriers and see how far they can go in a day. The PNA wants to inspire its news media members — and the entire community — to solve challenges that currently exist with open data and transparency.

The top team will earn a $1,000 cash prize, and projects that include or emphasize issues of diversity and inclusion will be eligible for a $500 prize sponsored by the Philadelphia Gay News. Winning teams will also receive statewide media coverage from PNA. The $10 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, boxed lunch and networking reception. Special thanks to our co-sponsoring organization, Webjunto and our sponsors, Calkins Media and Philadelphia Gay News.

“We’re excited about this event and its potential to increase government transparency and accountability.  We know firsthand the challenges faced by some in gaining access to public records and information.  At the same time, more records are available than ever before, thanks to technology and the internet.  Sometimes, the challenge is getting access in the first place; other times, it’s making sense of all of the information that is already out there.  We look forward to working with the news media, community members, and anyone with an interest in open government to develop new ways to improve access to government records and information, said Teri Henning, President, PNA.

To learn more about this unique, exciting event and to register, visit http://2015.phillytechweek.com/events/opengov_hackathon.

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