#Hack4Congress: A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Event to Fix Congress with the OpenGov Foundation — a legislative hackathon — was held January 30-February 1, 2015, at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
The event’s Website is available at: http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/Challenges-to-Democracy/Events/Hack4Congress
The winners of the event were:
- Best project overall, and winner of Challenge 4: “Close the Representation and Trust Gaps”: Congress Connect, by Team HillHack
- Winner of Challenge 1: “Law Making Process”: eDearColleague, by Team The Dear Colleagues
- Winner of Challenge 2: “Facilitating Cross-Partisan Dialogue”: DICO, by Team DICO (code)
- Winner of Challenge 3: “Modernizing Congressional Participation”: OpenHearing, by Team Awesome (demo)
- Winner of Challenge 5: “Reforming Campaign Finance”: Bill Exploder, by Team Consensus
All projects worked on at the event, and all the project teams, are described at: https://hackpad.com/Team-Information-QimRAl5EkRp
Sponsors of the event included Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the OpenGov Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, Congressional Management Foundation, Microsoft New England, Represent.Us, CODE2040, POPVOX, Capitol Bells, and Generation Citizen.
The hackpad for the event, which includes the program, is at: https://hackpad.com/HackCongress-kiKLDML5Rr9
Challenges and projects intended to be worked on at the event are listed at: https://hackpad.com/Hack4Congress-kiKLDML5Rr9#:h=Challenges-and-Projects
Data sets, APIs, and examples of apps to be used at the event are listed at: https://hackpad.com/Hack4Congress-Potentially-useful-resources-SBHDs5XMV7Q
One Twitter hashtag for the event appears to be #Hack4Congress
The Boston Herald has published an article about the event: Jordan Graham, Harvard hacks for Congress: Kennedy school devises ways to bring lawmakers together.
Here is a description, from the event’s Website:
[…] Congress needs “fixes”—but where will these new tools and solutions come from? By bringing together political scientists, technologists, designers, lawyers, organizational psychologists, and lawmakers, #Hack4Congress will help foster new digital tools, policy innovations, and other technology innovations to address the growing dysfunction in Congress.
Help fix Congress! Join political scientists and policy experts, technologists, architects, and designers at #Hack4Congress at Harvard Kennedy School of Government to help identify ideas and innovations to overcome the dysfunction gripping much of Congress. “Hacking” is not just for technologists. “Hacks” include innovations in policy, architecture, organizational process, art and design, and educational materials, as well as new software and technologies.
Solutions presented at the end of the hackathon will be evaluated by a panel of judges. After a second hackathon hosted by The OpenGov Foundation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in spring 2015, the winning teams will have an opportunity to present their projects to lawmakers and other high-level officials inside Congress. Move our democracy forward.[…]
For more details, please see the event’s Website.
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