Come Check Out a Very Important LA Tech Event on June 1st

Posted on May 31, 2013 | 6 comments


Tomorrow LA is hosting an important tech event - please consider registering and coming by.

A special thanks to Jason Lehmbeck, founder & ceo of DataPop, a great LA startup of which I have been a long-standing fan, for championing this event and bringing it to my attention.

Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 1.07.22 PMA 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.eventbrite.com/#.

  • http://erica.biz/ Erica

    (Looking at the Eventbrite page) You know, it is possible for marketers to be technical, too. :P

  • Ian Fellows

    No registration option for Statisticians and Data scientists? Sort of odd for a data heavy event…

  • Jason Lehmbeck

    Fair point! We definitely want statisticians/data scientists there and many have signed up. Sign up under the one of the dev options. There will be a lot of cool datasets the city and county are opening up for you guys to play with.

  • Ian Fellows

    Unfortunately I’m on child care detail this weekend. Perhaps I’ll stop by with my progeny to check it and the maker faire out. I’ll repost this to the UCLA Stat Dept. as some of them might be interested in helping out.

  • Jason Lehmbeck

    Tomorrow will be a fun day for the kids given the maker faire activities … so definitely drop by if you can.

    Thanks for sharing with the UCLA team!

  • Jason Lehmbeck

    Hi Erica,

    You can sign up under one of the technical categories and bring both your marketing and tech skills! We’d love to see you there.