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TAG Seeks Participants for National Day of Civic Hacking 

Event focused on improving people's daily lives through technology


ATLANTA (May 20, 2013) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), announced today that it is seeking groups from across the state to participate in the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1-2, 2013.   
 
National Day of Civic Hacking will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology at events all across the nation.  In addition to TAG, the event is sponsored locally by CareerBuilder, Google, MailChimp and the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC).
 
Communities that participate are able to leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside of government to drive meaningful, technology-based solutions to solve issues that are important to their communities.
 
In Georgia, TAG is hosting several events whereby citizens can submit tech-focused challenges to “Civic Hackers” in communities across the state including:
 
·         Atlanta
·         Augusta
·         Savannah
·         Macon/Middle Georgia
·         Athens
·         Columbus
·         Dawsonville
 
“Civic hackers are engineers, software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, activists, and concerned citizens who collaborate with the government and others to invent ways to improve quality of life in their communities,” said Tino Mantella, TAG President and CEO. “TAG is proud to unite Georgia’s technology community and I strongly urge our best and brightest to participate in this endeavor.”
 
Interested individuals or groups may see examples of challenges or submit their own by visiting: http://www.hackforchange.org/challenges
 
Georgia Hackers interested in participating in events in their local area should visit: http://www.hackforchange.org/events
 
About the National Day of Civic Hacking:
National Day of Civic Hacking is a public-private-people partnership and it is backed by the White House through the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  So far, 15 additional federal agencies have joined the charge including NASA, the Census Bureau, HHS, FEMA, the National Archives, Department of Labor and the Department of Energy.
The event provides opportunities to get people involved in civic hacking, a new form of civic engagement, and many of the activities are based on proven models provided by Code for America, Random Hacks of Kindness and Innovation Endeavors. To date, 80 cities in 32 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have events registered. Over 700 individuals have reached out to help organize, support or sponsor an event.  For more information visit: http://hackforchange.org/

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