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New Tech City: Hackathon Survey

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 04:00 PM

There's been an explosion of hackathons in the last couple of years, including the civic hackathons New Tech City reported on this week.

For the uninitiated, a hackathon is an event — usually a few hours to a couple of days long — where software developers team up to solve a problem by quickly thinking up and creating new programs, products, services or apps.

If you've ever attended a hackathon, please answer these 10 quick questions. Don't forget to click "Done" at the bottom of the survey when you finish. And thanks!

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Comments [3]

Martha from Hoboken

Your survey doesn't work. Here are my answers.

I work primarily on the web in content, social media, and Gov 2.0

Martha (55, and curious why age is important) Hoboken NJ.

3-5

The survey is also flawed because it assumes a single hackathon.

Again depends on the hackathon. I worked on one for city policy, another to help military families get resources. I attended the big post-Sandy hackathon; I attended a small business hackathon, using Amex resources and APIs at General Assembly...

I think the word is beginning to blur. I work for a large ad agency, and the company has already done two hackathons, one of them extremely non technical.

Anything dealing with making the elderly or the disabled more integrated into the culture of New York City.

Disaster response that crosses the river--NJ AND New York.

Pet adoption/rescue--there is some GREAT work being done on Facebook, but using Big Data to help folks adopt more quickly would be awesome.

A NYC history hackathon/Big Data project that goes back to the 80s, and shows us what we've lost through the death of so many people.

Aug. 05 2013 11:04 AM
Ned Boyajian from New York City


Hi Manoush, great episode on civic hackathons and the civic technology movement. One of the most crucial points for me was that cooperative efforts by teams of individuals aren't enough just by themselves. There also need to be independent institutions to provide that mediating layer between citizens and government, by helping bright ideas get funded and turned into reality. (The Knight Foundation sounds like a good example.) And it seems to me that even people who aren't inclined to do the hands-on technical work can participate by raising public awareness and making sure resources go where they are needed.

Jul. 17 2013 01:11 PM
Harry from New York

Your survey link isn't working!

Jul. 10 2013 11:15 AM

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