What is the Election Hackathon?
The Election Hackathon is a chance for developers to show off their skills and shed light on the upcoming Presidential Elections. The hackathon will take place from Saturday, October 6th to Sunday October 7th. We are looking for innovative, useful and relevant apps that leverage data from The Washington Post, NPR, and Sunlight Labs API's, as well as any other additional sources you think may be relevant. At the end of the hackathon, the developers who create the best, most inspiring apps will receive prizes in various categories.
Developers who are interested in the 2012 Presidential Elections and who will be in the Washington D.C. area on October 6th and 7th. Register now, space is limited.
When & Where
October 6th and 7th, 2012, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington D.C.
To shed new light on the Presidential Election in the form of innovative and creative apps. Also to have fun. Also there will be prizes for the best apps.
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
- 8:00 AM Registration opens, breakfast is served
- 11:00 AM Hackathon begins, and API demos, workshops and office hours throughout the day
- 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
- 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner
- 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Work continues
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
- 9:00 AM Breakfast
- 12:00 PM Submission Deadline
- 1:00 PM Lunch - Judges select finalists to show demos
- 3:00 PM Demos begin
- 4:30 PM Winners announced
- 5:00 PM Hackathon Ends
You can get access to these APIs right now and start learning, exploring and coming up with ideas! Make sure you sign up prior to the hackathon (but don't start on your official app until the hackathon begins!).
- Voting Info Project
- MapLight Money and Politics Data Set: U.S. Federal: Contributions to Presidential Candidates: Obama
- MapLight Money and Politics Data Set: U.S. Federal: Contributions to Presidential Candidates: Romney
- MapLight Money and Politics Data Set: U.S. Federal: Historical Totals - Candidates
- MapLight Money and Politics Data Set: U.S. Federal: Historical Totals - Committees
- U.S. Census
- Hacks for Democracy
Criteria & Prizes
Judges will select winning apps from the following categories:
The winning apps in this category will be selected based on originality, quality, relevance to the 2012 election and skill in execution.
- 1st place - $1,500 Amazon Gift Card
- 2nd place - $1,000 Amazon Gift Card
- 3rd place - $500 Amazon Gift Card
Best Data Visualization
The winning app in this category will be selected based on its ability to illustrate some aspect of the 2012 Presidential Election using data from one or more APIs in a visual chart, graphic, or other display.
- Winner - $1,000 Amazon Gift Card
The winning app, as determined by the judges, must make the most creative use of at least one WP API plus at least one API from another source.
Must use at least one Washington Post API plus at least one NPR or Sunlight Labs API.
- Winner - $1,000 Amazon Gift Card
We have a great panel of judges lined-up for the hackathon.
Ezra Klein - Ezra Klein is the editor of Wonkblog and a columnist at the Washington Post, as well as a contributor to MSNBC and Bloomberg. His work focuses on domestic and economic policymaking, as well as the political system that's constantly screwing it up.
Rob Malda (aka CmdrTaco) - Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda is the Chief Strategist and Editor-at-Large for the Washington Post's WaPo Labs team. Prior to that he created the popular News For Nerds news juggernaut known as Slashdot.org, which he ran in some form or another for 14 years. He resides in Michigan with his wife and two sons. He obsesses over photography, the internet, and is constantly seeking The Perfect Reuben.
Brian Boyer - Brian Boyer is the news applications editor at NPR. He used to make boring business software, and is happy to say that's no longer the case.
Ellen Miller - Ellen Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation. With over 35 years experience, she is a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics. As founder of the Center for Responsive Politics, Public Campaign and a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation, Ellen provides unique insight into how government has been moved to open its data the use of new technologies for greater government accountability. She is a regular contributor on ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, Washington Post, USA Today and Wired.
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Contest Overview and How To Enter
- Goal: The goal is to build an application focused on the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, using APIs from The Washington Post, and other related sources of data.
- Programming Language: Applications may be built in any programming language that you please.
- Original Code: The main rule is that all code for your app must be original. You can use APIs, previously built hardware, and/or open source algorithms, but all applications built must be new. No production assets of any kind can be created until the start of the official competition period illustrated above.
- Location: The Washington Post Event Space, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington D.C.
- Teams Size: Teams may be comprised of between one and five individuals. No more than five people are allowed on a team.
- 24 Hours: Each individual or team has 26 hours to develop a web/mobile application. The competition kicks off at 10 am on October 6, 2012 and will end at 12:00pm on October 7, 2012.
- Judges/judging: A panel of judges will pick five winning applications in the following three categories and based on the following criteria:
- Criteria: The winning apps in this category will be selected based on originality, quality, relevance to the 2012 election and skill in execution.
- Prizes: 1st place - $1,500 Amazon gift card, 2nd place - $1,000 Amazon gift card, 3rd place - $500 Amazon gift card.
- Best Data Visualization App:
- Criteria: The winning app in this category will be selected based on its ability to illustrate some aspect of the 2012 Presidential Election using data from one or more APIs in a visual chart, graphic, or other display.
- Prizes: The winner in this category will receive a $1,000 Amazon gift card.
- Best Mashup App
- Criteria: The winning app, as determined by the judges, must make the most creative use of at least one WP API plus at least one API from another source.
- Prizes: The winner in this category will receive a $1,000 Amazon gift card.
- Only one entry per team. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries. Prizes may vary if there are an insufficient number of entries.
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