Portland National Day of Civic Hacking 2014

Hackathon – May 31/June 1, 2014

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Interested in helping to improve our urban areas and even define the city of the future? You have the opportunity to participate in this grand challenge during the second annual National Day of Civic Hacking, a nation-wide event in collaboration with the White House and federal agencies and sponsored by Intel Corporation that brings people together to solve problems in their communities. As part of this event, Portland’s hackathon will focus on better planning of urban areas. Our goal is to imagine new models of innovation, community, and economic development and build them into the development of Zidell Yards on Portland’s south waterfront as a living laboratory to curate tools and ideas for all developing cities. With 33 acres of waterfront property, there is no other city with such a greenfield opportunity to reinvent community development for innovation as a model for other urban areas. Whether you are a community leader, coder, designer, or entrepreneur, you are invited to join us and contribute to the development of tools and ideas to achieve this goal. There are many ways to participate. You can:

  • Contribute to challenges that imagine the innovation community of the future or design tools to allow community members to participate in the design.
  • Solve problems of urban living, such as parking, access to quality food, wellness, and flexible workspaces
  • Imagine what ‘Return on Community’ might mean for this region and design the devices, data feeds, and analytics that provide real-time feedback on value this community bring to its participants.
  • Bring your own challenge

Awards will be provided to the best projects in each category.


Pre-event Kick off
Fri 6-9pm
Epicodus 208 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR
Joint function with NW event

Hackathon event
Zidell Yards, 3121 SW Moody Ave., Portland, OR

Day 1, Sat May 31 (10am – 6pm)
9:00am Gather and check-in
9:30am Welcome and event logistics
1-4pm Community leader roundtable* – mapping urban development
5pm Social hour with NW event

Day 2, Sunday June 1 (10am – 5pm)
9:30am Zidell space open to hackers
3pm Team presentations & awards
5pm Social hour

Award Categories

  • Urban Innovation award – most novel use of space (public, shared workspace, technology, infrastructure) to reinvent urban development. Criteria: the idea or solution:
    • Addresses multiple interests (businesses, civic organizations, government, individuals, etc.) in a novel and balanced way
    • Uses technology to track and measure some metric of urban vitality (efficiency, jobs, idea creation, personal engagements, etc.)
    • Breaks traditional boundaries and usages of common, private, and shared space enabled by technology
  • Participation award - tools to allow community members to participate in the design, development, and function of their community. Criteria: the solution:
    • Allows easy contribution of ideas, images, and comments by general population
    • Facilitates open dialog and transparency of development process
  • Code for Good award – best solution to a civic problem using open data, local/personal data, and/or hardware
    Criteria: the solution
    • Addresses a recognized civic need (congestion, pollution, safety, social services, access to quality food)
    • Combines data from multiple (at least 1 personal/local and one community/open) sources to find solutions
    • Is a working prototype demonstrating functionality.