App developers are going to have their hands full this month – the Census Bureau, joining a host of other federal agencies and nonprofits, issued an application challenge to participants in the National Day of Civic Hacking.
“The Census American Community Challenge” encourages developers to use publicly available American Community Survey statistics from the bureau’s open API to develop an application that aids communities with either economic development or disaster planning.
To support developers in this endeavor, the Census Bureau will host a webinar May 15, 1 p.m. The webinar will provide participants in the challenge with information on how to access the Census Bureau’s open application programming interface and tips for using American Community Survey statistics. It will also provide an overview of Census Bureau geographies and allow developers the opportunity to ask questions.
The National Day of Civic Hacking presents an opportunity for citizens across the U.S. to use technology to solve everyday problems. The event, taking place June 1-2 in cities across the country, will bring together the public, software developers and entrepreneurs to create, test and pilot new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology.