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Sharing never felt so good. Right now civic hackers are meeting online and in their cities to build applications to foster civic engagement and address the needs of their community. Collaborative teams build the code for these applications with free and open source software. With a little help you could be crowdsource projects to civic hackers online or in your area.
Online collaboration platforms like Code for America and Github will help get you started. Feeling like taking the leap on your own? Try hosting your own hackathon: How to Host a Hackathon. A hackathon can bring together civic leaders and civic coders for brainstorming for creative technological solutions for issue effecting your city or town. There is also national civic hack day at Hack for Change.
Now you know where to get started, but what kind of app will you build? Here are some open source applications built by civic hackers that can be altered for specific cities. There are some of the fun solutions cities have found….
Crowdsourcing: Connecting government and citizens builds a better community. Allowing people to engage in city management makes for happier citizens and happier city staff; citizens are part of the process and staff shares responsibilities. This is a growing way technology can engage citizens through crowd sourcing.