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Georgia Communities to Celebrate National Day of Civic Hacking June 1st- 2nd 

 Hacking challenges, solutions and events scheduled for Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Dawsonville, Middle Georgia and Savannah. 


ATLANTA (May 31, 2013) –The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) announced today that it is working with several Georgia communities as they join 80 cities in 32 states for the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking.  The event brings together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively ‘ hack” or create new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology at events all across the nation.   

The term "hack" started in World War II when pilots would return to carriers with beat up planes at the end of each day and mechanics would hack them back together with whatever materials they could find.  Civic Hacking uses that same creative ingenuity to make communities into happier, better functioning places. In Georgia, hundreds of “Civic Hackers” and local government and community groups are expected to come together  during the weekend event to tackle local issues from across the state:


·         ATLANTA

Random Hacks of Kindnesswill represent the city's National Day of Civic Hacking event and will feature hacking contests, food, prizes, a civic party and more. The fun begins 8: 00 AM Saturday, June 1st at Technology Square which is located  at 75 Fifth Street, NW in Midtown Atlanta.  In addition  to TAG, the event is organized by the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), Google, Careerbuilder, Mailchimp, Socrata, ATDC and NeadWerx, Inc,.  Local community sponsors include:  GTRI, ShootProof, Kwanza Hall, Startup Georgia, Invest Atlanta, Hypepotamus, Open Atlanta, Public Design Workshop, Govathon and Startup Atlanta


·         ATHENS

Hack For Athens will represent the city's National Day of Civic Hacking event with Secretary of State Brian Kemp speaking at the kickoff on Saturday June 1st at 10:00 AM.

The event will be held at the Chicopee Complex, 1180 E Broad Street, and sponsored locally by Black Box Operations and FourAthens.


·         AUGUSTA

The Super Happy Block Party, Augusta’s National Day of Civic Hacking event, will begin on Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 PM. The event will take place in the 800 block of Augusta’s  Broad Street in Downtown and is sponsored locally by TAG Greater Augusta, Hack Augusta ,, The Angelo Group and Georgia Regents University.


·         COLUMBUS

Columbus National Day of Civic Hacking  events will start at 12:00 PM Saturday, June 1st thru June 2ndat the Coca-Cola Space Science Center on the campus Columbus State University.  The address for the event is 701 Front Avenue in Columbus and is sponsored locally by TAG Columbus,  the Coca-Cola Space Science Center and Columbus State University.



Dawsonville Maker Day will feature contests for Hacking and a Maker Faire of local and regional crafts, 3D printers, art work and experiments. The fun starts on 11:00am to 3:00pm  Saturday, June 1,  at the Dawson County Library located at 342 Allen Street in Dawsonville  Georgia.

TAG is sponsoring the event in partnership with the Dawson County Development Authority.



Middle Georgia events will feature a presentation of challenges from local leaders, a brainstorming session and civic hacking.  The event starts at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 1st  at the Mercer, Science and Engineering Building, Peyton Anderson Auditorium, 1680 College Street,  in Macon.   The winner of the Civic Hacking activities will be selected Sunday, June 2nd.  In addition to TAG Middle Georgia, the event is sponsored locally by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mercer University and the College Hill Alliance.


·         SAVANNAH

National Day of Civic Hacking Savannah will be held  Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 12:00 PM to Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 5:00 PM at ThincSavannah, located at 35 Barnard St.

The event features App Demonstrations and Brainstorm sessions and is sponsored locally by TAG Savannah and The Creative Coast.

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 Augusta’s best and brightest to participate in this endeavor.”

Additional information on hacking challenges across the nation can also be found at:


About the National Day of Civic Hacking:

National Day of Civic Hacking (June 1st - 2nd, 2013) 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:


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