Do you love technology and want to help solve some challenges facing the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana?
Join the Indy Chamber, Techpoint, and our generous sponsors as we team up for Indy Civic Hack — the hackathon event of the summer. The 2016 hackathon is coming up on June 4, and will be hosted at the new IndyGo Transit Center, putting the event right in the middle of the action surrounding transit reform in Indy.
The goal of this year’s hackathon has the inner workings of Indianapolis at the heart of its mission, encouraging the development of apps to improve the efficiency of governmental agencies while also improving access to information. The hackathon will kick off with an official Launch Event on June 3rd from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m, where organizers will release the specifics of the data sets used during the 2016 Indy Civic Hack. Participants return bright and early the next day for the main Hack Event on June 4th from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
150+ hackers from around the state will come together to bring about positive community change.
While specifics of this year’s data sets will be kept under wraps until the launch event on June 3, this year’s Challenge Sponsors, City of Indianapolis, IndyGo, and the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, have provided us with data to put our region’s best and brightest tech minds on display to solve community challenges.
The prize for each individual sponsor challenge is $1,500!
“Indy Civic Hack is a unique opportunity for the community to come together, to get engaged civically, and to apply our talents to make an impact and drive government transparency with all of this open data, and perhaps see the start of some new software businesses,” said TechPoint CEO Mike Langellier.
Steve Hodges, winner of one of the 2015 challenges presented by the City of Indianapolis, spoke to this idea acknowledging that while the money was an awesome perk, he was more proud of his ability to use his skills as a developer to help Indianapolis.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to apply our professional skills to help solve real problems faced by our community. We worked on an interesting problem, and I think we are proud of what we were able to accomplish in the short time available. It’s fun to win, but it was more meaningful to us to make a real contribution to the city.”
TechPoint’s Xterns — college-level students participating in summer internships with 46 tech and tech-enabled companies around Indianapolis — will be participating on various teams during this year’s Indy Civic Hack. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see tech-minded Hoosiers hack away and come up with solutions to a variety of issues that could help serve the public.