New Orleans Welcomes Another Hackathon, This Time Sponsored by White House

National Day of Civic HackingAs part of a global event series, Geeks Without Bounds, an accelerator for humanitarian projects, is hosting a Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) event at Launch Pad. The event will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm to Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm. The event is taking place in conjunction with the National Day of Civic Hacking, as announced by the White House, and Code for America’s Brigade meetings.

A hackpad has been created for New Orleans so the cities finest developers, creatives and entrepreneurs can collaborate on potential challenges to hack. Travis Laurendine from Codemkrs wants to hack the murder rate in the city. Another collaborator, Willow Brugh, has added six challenges including a water potability challenge and one called AppsToEmpower, focused on educational apps to inform, educate and empower women everywhere.

The White House made an announcement in January stating citizens across cities nationwide will be participating in the civic hacking event in June.

“Civic Hacking Day is a call to action for anyone who wants to make a positive impact…[it] is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans,” said the White House announcement.

The hashtag will be #RHoKNOLA – find fellow attendees on twitter and spread the word! To register, click here.