Code for America hosts civic innovation weekend

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Code for America, a non-profit organization that matches cities with technologists to help improve government services is holding a weekend of civic innovation from February 22-24. There are 22 events scheduled nationwide for the weekend so far. The weekend will be called “Code Across America.”

Code Across America is a multi-day event that any municipality or community can join, big or small, beginner or expert. Individuals and groups can Code Across America through virtual and in-person activities around the country.

The Code Across America has received broad support civic hackers, urbanists, city officials, Gavin Newsom, and Tim O’Reilly — with hundreds of people expected to join the weekend events. Events are designed to promote civic engagement and collaboration between local governments and citizens. They include: Meetups, CityCamps, hackathons, write-a-thons, salons, focus groups, and skill shares.

The organization hopes that this weekend will highlight civic innovation happening in local communities and bring more people into the civic hacking space. The weekend co-incides with International Open Data Day on February 23. International Open Data Day is a global set of events around civic engagement, and open data to building awareness around these topics. The full listing of those events is available here.

Code for America made this video to outline their vision for the weekend: