Today more than ever, citizens are empowered to contribute to the public good. Most notably in the tech community, civic hacking – encouraging the public to use their tech skills for civic good – has spurred innovation and transformation across government.
To the civic hackers across the country – your work will not go unrecognized. The White House has issued a call for the public to nominate exceptional civic hackers to be recognized as White House “champions of change.”
Individuals selected will be honored at a White House event in July alongside leaders in the open government and civic engagement communities.
Open government data has driven the development of new tools, apps and platforms that better serve the public. In June, cities across the country rallied support for civic hacking by participating in a National Day of Civic Hacking, which drew in more than 11,000 people into 95 open data hacking events.
The results of such initiatives have been impressive, and the administration has already made a point to honor and recognize extraordinary individuals and the enterprise tools they develop. Just this month, the White House honored two women who used open data to create tools to inform women about the wage gap and help them better navigate the workplace.
If you know any civic hackers deserving recognition, nominate them using this web form by July 1.