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    National Day of Civic HackingMay 31st - June 1st, 2014
    330 Research Drive | Athens, GA

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How Can I Help?

1. Register

It only takes a minute, use your Facebook account if you'd like!

2. Attend

Kickoff is at May 31st, 10:00am at Oakbrook Corporate Plaza | 330 Research Drive | Athens, GA 30605

3. Solve

Use the large datasets we have publicly-available to solve local challenges



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  • Schedule
  • Challenges
  • Datasets
  • Pitch Contest
Saturday, May 31st 9:00am Oakbrook Corporate Plaza Opens Doors open at 9:00am sharp.
  9:30am - 10:30am Breakfast Breakfast is served
  10:30am - 11:00am Kickoff First Day  
  11:00am - 1:00pm Team Formation Those attending form teams together (optional), select a challenge they wish to solve, then submit this information to us.
  1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch and Registration Team registration and challenge selections due, lunch is served.
  2:00pm - 5:00pm Team Work Teams work on their respective challenges and solutions.
  5:00pm - 5:30pm Team Status Update Q&A for teams who need help from the community (optional)
  5:30pm - 6:30pm Team Work Teams work on their respective challenges and solutions.
  6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner Dinner is served
  7:30pm - 8:30pm Speakers  
  8:30pm - 10:00pm Team Work Teams work on their respective challenges and solutions.
  10:00pm End of first day Doors to the Oakbrook Corporate Plaza are locked at 10:00pm sharp!
Sunday, June 1st 9:00am Oakbrook Corporate Plaza Opens Doors open at 9:00am sharp.
  9:30am - 10:30am Breakfast, Kickoff Second Day Breakfast, welcome back, brief info session for new participants, introduction for existing teams, event status update
  10:30am - 1:00pm Team Work Teams work on their respective challenges and solutions.
  1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch Lunch is served, reminder for teams that solutions are due by 6:00pm
  2:00am - 6:30pm Team Work Teams work on their respective challenges and solutions.
  6:30pm Pitch Contest Submission Each team submits their solution and presentation
  6:30pm - 7:30pm Dinner Dinner is served
  8:00pm - 10:00pm Pitch Contest Each team has 5-10 minutes to pitch idea.
  10:00pm End of second day End of event, thank you for helping Hack For Athens! Remember, doors to the Oakbrook Corporate Plaza are locked at 10:00pm sharp!
TitleDescriptionContributed By
Safe Drinking Water Challenge This challenge requires participants to create documents containing relevant EPA violation information and statistics that can be given directly to each regulating agency responsible. Samuel Bronson | EPA
Athens Affordable Internet Challenge This challenge will require participants to develop a strategy for providing affordable internet access to low-income neighborhoods within Athens-Clarke county that have low broadband subscription rates. Nina Kelly
Athens Alive Challenge This challenge requires that a visual model for Athens be built that integrates social media into existing information, data, and views. Open Block Oakland
Open Data Portal Challenge This challenge requires the creation of a system that promotes openness, transparency, and accountability of local government by providing high-value government data in standards compliant, machine readable formats. CKAN
Local Banking Benefits Challenge This challenge requires the creation of an interactive map that conveys that banking locally is not just convenient, but that moving your money to a local bank benefits the community as a whole. Becky Sweger
Athens OpenStreetMap Challenge This challenge requires the creation of an Athens OpenStreetMap that contains information such as bus routes, bike lanes, etc. Jason Woofenden
TitleDescriptionContributed By
SDWIS Data Model Contaminant definitions, health effects, and sources of contamination.
Envirofacts API Envirofacts has developed a RESTful data service API to all of its internal data holdings. This functionality provides a user of Envirofacts with the ability to query any table through the use of a URL.
SDWIS Geography Search The Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) contains information about public water systems and their violations of EPA's drinking water regulations, as reported to EPA by the states.
US Census Poverty Data The Census Bureau poverty data reports from several major household surveys and programs.
US Census Data Access Tools Data access tools, direct file access to census data, and statistics for, using, or about data collected by the US Census Bureau
Broadband Adoption Rates Demographic data come from the U.S. Census' 2005-9 American Community Survey; Broadband adoption is based on the 768Kbps download / 200Kbps upload standard used by the Federal Communications Commission
Comcast Internet Essentials An affordable service offered by a major internet service provider that includes the option to purchase affordable hardware as well
Open City App Open Source projects created by other civic hacking events and groups
Data.gov Sites Open Data Sites containing a wide variety of data sources to be used within the public sector
FAA Web Services Federal Aviation Association's common framework and documentation for web services
Open Government Platform OGPL is a joint product from India and United States to promote transparency and greater citizen engagement by making more government data, documents, tools and processes publicly available.
The Nation's Report Card The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.
Employment Summary Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary
Gallup State of the States Gallup poll showing various data and measures across the states for political, economic data sets.
FDIC Summary of Deposits The FDIC released data on October 12, 2012 of all branches and their deposit amounts.
FDIC Data Dictionary FDIC information and data dictionary
National Credit Union Data The National Credit Union's data on all credit unions and their deposits
National Credit Union API Beta API for the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
UGA Admissions API WSDL-based API used for retrieving information provided by the UGA Admissions Department.

The Pitch Contest held after dinner on the final day will allow participants to present their solution for a specific challenge to a panel of judges comprised of business and academic professionals, industry experts, and community leaders. 

 Entry and Registration

 Pitch Presentations

  • Pitch presentation must be made by one person alone.
  • Person presenting will have at most five minutes to present the Pitch.
  • Pitch must include PowerPoint presentation with no more than three slides.
  • Any demonstrations involving code or the implementation software used for the idea behind the Pitch must fit within the five minutes allowed for the presentation. 

 Judge Deliberation

  • After presentations have completed, judges will discuss their impressions and observations, comparing each presentation's solution according to the scorecard.
  • The judges will address each team directly about the strengths and weaknesses of their solution.
  • Disagreements with the judges is fine, but they should be respectful and address the judges point, not the judges personally.


  • 1st Prize: $250, recognition on all social media channels and newsletters
  • 2nd Prize: $100, recognition on all social media channels and newsletters
  • 3rd Prize: $50, recognition on all social media channels and newsletters
  • Equal shares of any prize money won will be paid to each individual on a winning team.
  • The individual recipients of prize money will be responsible for the tax implications of their winnings.

 Confidentiality and Intellectual Property

  • The Pitch presentation, code, and other materials comprising the idea behind the Pitch, are considered public domain and will be provided through the Hack For Athens GitHub repository as per our Open Source Guidelines.

 Presentation Scorecard

  • The following areas comprise the scorecard used by the judges during the Pitch Contest presentations.
  • The scores themselves are graded on a 1-5 scale, where a score of 1 within each area is the lowest, and 5 is the highest.
  • Impact: how much impact (quality and quantity) does the solution have on the challenge?
  • Complexity: how much progress did the team make during the event? How creative is the solution?
  • Sustainability: how good is the team's plan for evolving the solution or having another individual, organization, or government evolve the solution?
  • Presentation: How well did the team communicate? How well did they respond to questions from the judges? Was the solution to the challenge presented clearly?