Civic Data Alliance

National Day of Civic Hacking

Hack for Change Louisville 2015

Hack for Change Louisville was held as the city’s official Code for America National Day of Civic Hacking event, one of over 100 simultaneous events across the United States. The day brought together local government leaders and staff, local organizations, non-profits, businesses, visitors, and community members and was focused on civic innovation.

Over 35 people participated in this year’s event. Louisville’s Code for America brigade, the Civic Data Alliance, volunteered to organize this year’s event and partnered with Code Louisville for event hosting and promotions.

Louisville mayor addressing crowd

We self-organized around 8 different projects, after narrowing the field from 16 potential ones.

Project 1: Restaurant health rating app

Project 2: Add building heights to @openstreetmap Louisville

Project 3: Find and rate Medicaid-accepting doctors

Project 4: Pardis: park amenity finding native app

Needed better amenity location data from Metro Parks.

Project 5 - Interactive mapping and data site for local youth policy action

Collaboration with KY Youth Advocates:

Based on:

Project 6 - Online database of youth services

Collaboration with Metro Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods:

Project 7 - Technology events website hub for the city


Project 8: Formalizing Louisville Mayor’s Open Data Policy with council ordinance

Similar to:

A contest was run via an online poll, with voting done by all the participants, across 3 categories:

  • Best Use of Data (tie): Connecting Medicaid recipients to doctors #3, Kentucky Youth Advocates #5
  • Biggest/Widest Impact (tie): Connecting Medicaid recipients to doctors #3, Metro Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods #6
  • Project with the Most Potential: Connecting Medicaid recipients to doctors #3

Social Media and Press

Courier Journal Louisville hackers code for public good Louisville hackers code for public good

WFPL How Computer Hacking Can Improve Louisville’s Public Policy

Insider Louisville Largest-ever national convening of civic hackers set for Saturday


Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make this happen, to everyone who came and hacked away the day, and to our event sponsors!

See you next year!


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