Below is a an email that I got from the Open Data and Democracy Initiative
about a hackathon they are organising that I thought some of you might be
interested in knowing about. Everyone is invited to attend.
"The Open Data and Democracy Initiative (ODADI) is inviting Cape Town's top
programmers, designers, journalists, and social activists to their
inaugural event, the "Coding for Democracy" Hackathon on 3-5 August, Cape
Town CBD. R25,000 in prizes will be awarded to winning solutions.
ODADI is an open, non-partisan community of citizens, technologists,
journalists, and activists dedicated to developing and applying practical
open technology and promoting open data. ODADI is committed to working with
Government and the private sector to promote transparency and
accountability in South Africa. We believe that greater public access to
government and non-government data can help make that happen.
The purpose of the hackathon is to generate widespread interest and
awareness among programmers, the media, activists, and other constituencies
in South Africa and begin developing of a wide range of open data solutions
to help make government services more open and efficient. Any solution
developed will be non-proprietary and made available on the event’s website
and/or other channels, and free for anyone to use, adapt or apply.
Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a
personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, SMS, or any software
platform broadly available to the public. Participation is free.
Please visit the website www.codingfordemocracy.org
for more information
and to RSVP to the event."
Douglas Ian Scott
UK mobile number: +44 (0)755 452 5277
Chinese mobile number: +86 1 364 330 7351
South African mobile number: +27 (0)79 515 872