Tomorrow LA is hosting an important tech event – please consider registering and coming by.
A couple weeks back I laid out the tech case for Eric Garcetti for LA mayor. Fortunately the LA tech community and Angelenos agreed!
As an investor and a civic duty geek, I’m excited about the promise Garcetti holds for the city. But, as in every civic endeavor, real change starts with the people.
Which brings me to my second big LA civic push this month.
For those of you who haven’t heard, President Obama and US CTO Todd Park have established a National Day of Civic Hacking this weekend, in cities across the nation. The core idea behind the event is to tap into the hacker spirit in each community in a way that leverages the latest tech and open data to strengthen our democracy and communities across the country.
And, like everything LA, we are putting our own unique spin on the event this Saturday and Sunday with both a hackathon and MakerFaire.
With over 350 participants expected, teams will compete in a 2-day coding competition to make local government more accessible and citizen-friendly while also getting a shot at fame, civic glory and cash / tech prizes totaling more than $20,000.
Developer mentors and judges from AT&T, i.am.angel, Google, Scopely, CGI, Factual, and ESRI and the City and County of LA will support coders during the weekend. Teams can choose to respond to local or national data challenges, or work on their own projects that incorporate civic data and community impact objectives. Tech leaders from NASA JPL, to the Census Bureau will share inspiration and ideas.
Not a coder? Come on Saturday June 1st to check out the MakerFaire tech exhibits for kids of all ages from Two Bit Circus., LA Makerspace and many others bringing robots and 3D printers.
I strongly encourage the whole tech community to come out and support LA’s first-ever citywide, civic hackathon.
Now that we have the first tech mayor of LA, it’s time for the developers and entrepreneurs to step up and show off our tech chops through an important cause. Register at http://boyleheightshack.