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Hack4Reno contest to engage Reno tech community

By ThisIsReno


The City of Reno has partnered with a local company, Reno Collective, to organize a 24-hour “Hack4Reno” contest on October 15-16 at the Pioneer Center in downtown Reno.

Despite having ‘hack’ in its name, Hack4Reno is actually a positive event where civic-minded web developers and designers will use government data to build applications, websites or services that help Reno become a more engaged city. Working in teams, these volunteers have 24-hours starting at noon on Saturday to build apps on-site at the Pioneer Center. Judging will take place and donated prizes for the best apps will be awarded Sunday afternoon.

Information provided to civic hackers for the event includes data on crime, park facilities, green energy, historic places and public art.

City officials encourage the local technology community to participate in Hack4Reno, and see the event as an important step in msupporting open government practices that promote more transparency, participation, and collaboration with citizens.

On Oct. 7, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell issued a proclamation naming Oct. 15 and 16, 2011, as “Hack4Reno Weekend” in support of the event.

Any interested individuals or groups are encouraged to visit the event website at http://Hack4Reno.com and potential participants can learn more at a meetup on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Reno Collective, 522 Lander Street.