GAINESVILLE- Local techies are hacking their way to finding solutions for local problems. The "Hoggetowne Hackathon" is Gainesville’s first public event of its kind. It was organized in coordination with "International Open Data Day," which is on Saturday. Developers, programmers and data analysts from the area got together to create apps that showcase local government public data, in a way residents can understand.
"Bring together our coder and programmer community, taking the data that the city of Gainesville collects in a variety of different areas and ultimately producing applications that will be open to all of our citizens to use," said Gainesville City Commissioner Lauren Poe.
The main part of the event was an app-creating contest. Contestants had the opportunity to win more than two thousand dollars cash and other prizes.
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