RESCHEDULED: How to Find and Explore High Value Data: An Intro to Government APIs for Non-Coders


Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Ash Center, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Room 226

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLEDIt will be rescheduled during the Spring, 2017 semester.  


Ash Center Technology and Democracy Workshop Series

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellows to develop your digital toolkit.

Space is limited! RSVP required at Eventbrite

This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill. Equipment (a laptop, etc.) or prerequisite reading may be required.

APIs are an important foundation of modern web design. They are built for developers, but you don't need to know how to code to use them. And in government, APIs are increasingly our favorite way to share data more directly with the public.

This workshop will cover the basics of APIs, show you how to find and use important government data, and review their role in White House open data and technology policies. In this workshop, we will use the Federal Election Commission's API,, to explore campaign finance data for U.S. federal elections.


Led by Leah Bannon, Organizer, Tech Lady Hackathon, and Product Lead, 18F


About the Series

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, cocurricular events designed to help HKS students develop real-world technolgy skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners, participants spend 3 hours working together and with the workshop leader to learn how to apply technical skills to impact real-word scenarios.

The series is co-sponsored by Tech PIC, a technology-focused student group at Harvard Kennedy School.