New Orleans, LA - This weekend, Launch Pad is hosting a civic hackathon at the Launch Pad work space (643 Magazine St., Ste. 102). The event, sponsored by Launch Pad, Datawind and Lanyap Creative and organized by Geeks Without Bounds and CODEMKRS, is New Orleans' contribution to the National Day of Civic Hacking, announced by the White House in January. The hackathon kicks off today at 6:00 pm and will conclude on Sunday, June 2 at 5:00 pm.
Willow Brugh, Director of Geeks Without Bounds and an organizer for the event, said, "This is an event for folks with technical skills to shape the world they in live in for good. Events like these are a way for developers and designers to apply their talents to serve their community, and we are here to support and encourage that."
CODEMKRS founder Travis Laurendine, who is also helping to organize the event, added, "We are geeks who love New Orleans, and our goal is to apply our coding skills to the critical challenges facing our city. Whether it's working to prevent and reduce violence in our neighborhoods, or working to protect our water and natural resources, we believe we can help find new ways forward through the use of public data and new technologies."
Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, "We are proud to have a talented and rapidly growing community of developers in New Orleans. CODEMKRS has provided a great venue for entrepreneurs and developers looking to find innovative solutions to challenges in our city, and their work in the lead-up to the Super Bowl did not go unnoticed. I am especially pleased the group will be working from our NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball event on Saturday night.”
For more information on the National Day of Civic Hacking, visit: http://hackforchange.org/