Alameda County will continue its push for greater community participation and government transparency on Saturday, April 25, at the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2015.1, a day-long event designed to challenge the public to create web and mobile applications using Alameda County open data sets.
The Apps Challenge will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at James Logan High School, 1800 H Street, Union City.
Alameda County Apps Challenge 2015.1 is the fourth community hackathon sponsored by Alameda County in its effort to increase citizen engagement and broaden public understanding of local government by opening access to data created and kept by County agencies and departments.
The Union City event is expected to bring together more than 120 software developers, community members, activists and entrepreneurs for a full day of creativity, collaboration and innovation.
The upcoming Apps Challenge is being co-hosted by the offices of Alameda County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi and County Supervisor Richard Valle, whose district includes Union City. The event is being produced and managed by Alameda County’s Information Technology Department.
“This event will offer a new opportunity for us to raise public awareness about the many facets of County government,’’ Muranishi said. “It’s also an exciting way we can leverage the vast pool of talent and creativity available in our community to enhance the services we provide.’’
A Grand Prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most inventive and user-friendly app or concept that benefits Alameda County residents, businesses and visitors. A second prize of $, 1500, a third prize of $500 and honorable mentions will also be awarded.
The Apps Challenge is part of a nation-wide movement stemming in part from President Obama’s Open Government Initiative, which directed government agencies to increase transparency and implement open data policies.
Alameda County launched its series of community Apps Challenges in 2012 and was one of the first counties in California to host its own hackathons to promote its open data offerings.
At the Apps Challenge, Alameda County invites participation from residents of all skill levels and age groups: professional and novice developers, high school and college students, seniors, and residents with no technical background but a passion for civic engagement.
Each team at the hackathon will include a mixture of coders and “idea” people working together to create functional apps or develop app concepts.
Participants in the April 25 event will have access to the nearly 180 data sets available through the Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative at http://data.acgov.org.
The data covers a wide range of topics, including public safety data, a listing of Certified Green Businesses, public health data and maps of senior services.
The cost to participate in Alameda County Apps Challenge is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Government employees may participate for free.
For more information and to register for the event, visit: http://code.acgov.org.