A contest that challenges computer programmers to develop and design applications using public data will be hosted later this month by the Riverside County Information Technology Department and SmartRiverside. The event’s goal is to develop ways to make information more readily available to the public and to give programmers and software developers the opportunity to build new applications, or apps, in order to improve communication with residents.
Referred to as a Hackathon in computer circles, the event has been dubbed RivCodes and is the first of its kind for Riverside County. It is based on similar events held by other public agencies, including the federal government, in places that include Chicago, Los Angeles and Alameda County. RivCodes will be held June 28 at the Riverside County Innovation Center, 3450 14th St. in Riverside. The innovation center is the new home to the Information Technology office.
The Hackathon begins at 9 a.m. and runs continuously until the next day at noon. During the event, programmers will be provided data sets to use in building their applications. Participants will then have 24 hours to develop ideas and come up with an application that improves quality of life through technology. Applications developed at similar events have helped make it easier for residents to find services online, submit crime tips or report potholes.
RivCodes illustrates Riverside County’s commitment to technology, and serves as way to increase awareness about open data and the county’s efforts to make it more available. Open data is the raw data generated or collected by government that is available to the public and can serve as the basis for apps.
After participants complete their design and development work, a panel will judge the programs and winning entries will receive prizes. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to participate.
The Information Technology Department is coordinating with technology-industry leaders and local organizations to sponsor the event. Sponsors include ESRI, Microsoft, Tyler Technologies, VIVA USA Inc., Academic Partnerships and Technologent. Anyone interested in helping to sponsor the Hackathon may call (951) 955-3700.
Visit www.code.countyofriverside.us for registration or more information on the County of Riverside event.