This is a short little video that gives a primer to the world of civic hacking. I touch a little bit on open data, open source, and civic apps. It’s by no means comprehensive – but it’s a good starting point.

Here’s the links to the sites that are referenced in the video:

http://data.cityofchicago.org/ – Chicago’s data portal

sweeparound.us – A simple app that lets you know when your street is being swept. (So you can move your car and avoid the ticket.)

http://schoolcuts.org/ – An app that helps parents find information on Chicago School Closings

http://opencityapps.org/ – A civic hacking group in Chicago that produces some very awesome civic apps.

If you have any questions, feel free to ping me on Twitter at @CivicWhitaker or shoot me an email at cwhitaker (at) Codeforamerica (dot) org.

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