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Hacks for Democracy


in Philadelphia, PA

Hackathon Overview


Democracy is not inevitable or a given; it must be sustained and strengthened by each generation. Today, American democracy is challenged by unlimited political contributions, polarized legislatures, gerrymandered districts and opaque processes.

Hacks for Democracy

But efforts such as the Voting Information Project, open government data repositories, online voting, ParliamentWatch and TheyWorkForYou have demonstrated that technology can make an important contribution toward improving our democratic institutions.

Do you have an idea for an app that will improve this fall's election? What tools do we need to improve citizen engagement? Is there an app that would get your friends to the voting booth in November? What app might help mitigate the impact of voter ID laws? What data would make your local city council and board of elections more transparent? This is where you can outline your idea.

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