Short project summary: A simple website for people trying to navigate the process of having their criminal record sealed in DC.
Code for America Civic Issues Finder: Grab bag of projects!
Short project summary: We're helping brigades across the country by picking up issues from the Civic Issues Finder. Code for America pulls a list of all the issues from across the brigades and a few government agencies tagged with "help wanted."
Code: These are languages. Python, Ruby, C++ are similar to Spanish, Mandarin, French... they are different ways to communicate but have basic structures that can be translated one to another. Like any language some are more adept at describing different ideas. E.G. HTML for Webpages
Has evolved over the years. You'll hear many word salad variations: appathon, coder dojo, data community day... Any of these are based on the core components of: Tech, Volunteers, Event.
What is a basic structure of a hackathon?
Why a hackathon
Start with solving a problem. Can structure your hackathon around how to address that specific problem. And often there are multiple pathways to solve that problem.
Who owns the product?
Preference is for a hackathon that has an open source or creative commons license. Some corporations will use a hackathon to develop a proprietary product. These often come with prize money at the end and required signing of an NDA(Non-disclosure agreement)