15.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Registration open in Chile for the First Civic Hackathon: promoting the citizen use of public data

The country’s Council for Transparency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) extend an invitation to participate in Chile’s First Civic Hackathon on December 7, 2013.

The initiative is an open contest in developing technological applications in the fields of health, education, housing and democracy quality, with the goal of extending and promoting the use of information through handy and practical digital solutions for all Chileans.

The Civic Hackathon is open to all, and particularly directed towards civil organizations, web designers and programmers, journalists, experts in social issues and/or public policies, public sector specialists and/or officials, graphic designers, webmasters, and project managers. The top three software applications will each be awarded US$ 3000 to allow their creators to improve them and turn them into sustainable, high-impact digital products for the public. These initiatives will be incubated by the Civic Laboratory until March 2014.

In the words of Victoria Uranga, focal point for Communications and Information at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, the initiative is being supported by that UN body “due to the importance of citizens themselves taking ownership of the digital resources available, and putting them at the service of their peers. It is also because there is a need for Chileans not only to benefit from state policies, but also to play an active role in improving free, transparent access to the information that the State produces”.

The registration form will be available until 7 December at www.consejotransparencia.cl/labcivico

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