Asheville Joins National Day of Civic Hacking to Improve Access to Local Healthy Food
Asheville will be host this weekend to a first of its kind hackathon, the Hack for Food. A “hackathon” unites technology and other subject matter experts around a common goal to build software solutions that address a specific need. Presented by Code for Asheville, a local volunteer brigade of Code for America, the Hack for Food will target the goals of the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council including building an inventory of local food resources, improving access to food for those in need, encouraging locally grown food to be served in City and Council schools and much more.
Software developers, designers, local food enthusiasts, and other interested citizens are invited to participate, cross pollinate ideas, and create new products and tools to innovate and improve the food ecosystem. Technology skills are welcome but not a prerequisite. The Hack for Food will begin on Friday, May 31st at 7pm at Mojo Coworking in downtown Asheville. City Councilman Gordon Smith, an active organizer of the the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council Council, will kick off the event after which attendees will break out into teams to develop project ideas. The Hack for Food teams will then return to work all day Saturday, June 1st, at AB-Tech, to develop their ideas into technology solutions. At the end of the day, judges will evaluate the results and award prizes to the winning teams.
The Hack for Food is one of nearly 100 hackathons taking place this weekend around the country as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. Nationwide, more than 5000 people are expected to collaborate and use publicly available data to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, cities, states, and country.
More information and registration: http://codeforasheville.org/hackathon.html
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