Organized with the OpenGov Foundation and POPVOX
#Hack4Congress is a multi-city event that brings together political scientists, technologists, designers, lawyers, organizational psychologists, and lawmakers to foster new digital tools, policy proposals and other innovations to address the growing dysfunction in Congress. More information at Hack4Congress.org.
Though the founders envisioned Congress as the linchpin of democracy in the United States – most Americans would argue that it is a fundamentally broken institution beset by hyper-partisanship and unresponsive to the needs of its constituents. Congress needs “fixes” – but where will these new tools and solutions come from? By bringing together political scientists, technologists, designers, lawyers, organizational psychologists, and lawmakers, #Hack4Congress events will help foster new digital tools, policy innovations, and other technology innovations to address the growing dysfunction in Congress.
Come fix Congress! Join a multidisciplinary team at #Hack4Congress to identify ideas and innovations to overcome the dysfunction gripping much of Congress. “Hacking” is not just for technologists. “Hacks” include innovations in policy, architecture, organizational process, art and design, and educational materials, as well as new software and technologies.
Move our democracy forward. Solutions presented at the end of the hackathon will be evaluated by a panel of judges. The winners from events in Cambridge, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. will be invited to Capitol Hill in May to present their projects to lawmakers and other high-level officials inside Congress.
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#Hack4Congress San Francisco Collaborators include:
The HKS Alumni Network of the San Francisco Bay Area
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Code for San Francisco
Impact Hub Oakland
Impact Hub San Francisco
Data and Democracy Initiative
The Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society
Watch these video invitations from Member of Congress!