05/31/2013 02:38 pm ET

Unprecedented Collaboration Of Business, Government And Technology Enthusiasts To Tackle Social And Civic Challenges


WASHINGTON, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This weekend, more than 6,000 individuals representing businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and local citizens will team up to participate in 96 events throughout the United States as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The effort's goal is to make people's lives better by working together to solve social challenges facing local communities.

A civic hacker is someone who uses a minimum amount of resources and a maximum amount of brainpower and ingenuity to solve a problem. Participating civic hackers will develop new solutions to old challenges – from an app that allows rural communities to track private water wells and prevent water supply contamination to developing platforms that expand access to energy consumption data.

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