Mayor Eric Garcetti to Host Latest Hack For LA Event
at City Hall to Support Local Efforts for Civic Innovation
The Largest Civic Hackathon in Southern California Will Serve As A Key Activity
Amid Various City Hall Efforts To Address Timely Civic Innovation Challenges
HACK FOR LA, the largest civic hackathon in Southern California, announced today Los Angeles City Hall as the location for its third and latest event taking place this May 31st – June 1st. The event will call to action government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, software developers, web designers, students and civically-engaged thought leaders to address complex local problems through technology innovation workshops and application development. Following significant back-to-back events in various LA communities, HACK FOR LA has garnered significant community, civic and tech industry attention and continues to receive the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and returning sponsor and musical entertainer will.i.am.
The hackathon will coincide with the #techLA conference celebrating the launch of the City Of LA’s Open Data Portal wherein city datasets are made available online in downloadable and shareable formats. The conference will also feature panel discussions on civic innovation and technology, the first convening of the Mayor’s Council on Technology, a technology products expo, and a tech jobs fair.
Presenting partners and sponsors include: Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, will.i.am's i.am.angel Foundation, Google, ESRI, SAS, Cornerstone OnDemand, Socrata, Verizon, Intel, the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency, Control Panel LA, Supermasv, Code for America, Technovation, Girls in Tech LA, WhizGirls Academy, New Economy Campaigns, Sealight Enterprises, SignatureCreative, Code for LA and The Pollack PR Marketing Group. The event features prized challenges on topics including ‘Best App for Public Safety,’ ‘Best App Using LA City Data,’ and a total prize pool valued at more than $14,000.
Mayor Garcetti’s support for Hack for LA is aligned with furthering city technology innovation efforts and events, and complements the newly created LACity.gov portal and the "Entrepreneur in Residence" program.
“It's inspiring to see LA's tech and creative communities coming together with civic agencies at this summer’s Hack for LA event. This event shows that City Hall can be a catalyst for innovation to solve current issues for local businesses and residents. The apps and ideas that come from Hack for LA help move LA forward,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
At the event, Mayor Garcetti will meet with high school students who are making innovative apps to help their local neighborhoods. Students from Boyle Heights supported by will.i.am's i.am.angel Foundation will present their app projects to the Mayor.
Celebrity entertainer and President of i.am.angel Foundation, will.i.am, added, “Everything we can do to engage local communities, especially our young people, in technology and innovation helps us to create a stronger LA and a stronger America.”
8:30 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 31st-June 1st, 2014
Kickoff: 9 AM Saturday
Team Presentations and Awards: 4-7pm Sunday
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For press registration, please contact:
Daniel Atwater/Stefan Pollack
The Pollack PR Marketing Group
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