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[liberationtech] Register Now for Big Money, Big Data and Datafest Hackathon Feb 2-3, 2013

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Sun Jan 13 23:28:53 PST 2013

Register Now for Big Money, Big Data and Datafest Hackathon Feb 2-3,
by Gabriela Schneider <>Jan.
4, 2013, 12:35 p.m.

Calling all open government, journalism and data geeks. Please join
Sunlight and friends in a bicoastal hackathon on the campuses of Stanford
University and Columbia University on Feb 2-3, 2013. Registration is now
open <>.<>

Together, we will tackle how to create apps and sites that show what 2012’s
political spending spree will mean for policy in 2013 and beyond.

*Register now* <>.

Do you write code or work with data? Do you want to learn how or enhance
your skills? *Join us to mine data for stories and visualizations that will
help understand how money affects the issues that Congress and state
legislatures will be taking up this year.* Showcase your skills and
knowledge and compete to win prizes.

When you register, be sure to start brainstorming ideas you'd like to cover
and vote up your favorite
We’ve suggested some potential hot topics for project ideas and
collaboration to get you started, but encourage you to add your ideas. At
the Datafest, we'll provide data, APIs, resources and expert help. You
don't need to be a coder to join in the fun - I can personally attest that
it's just as helpful to have people who can research, write, design and
help make apps user-friendly.

This event is sponsored by the bicoastal Brown Institute for Media
Innovation <>, and by the Columbia
Journalism School <> and the Stanford
University Graduate Program in Journalism <> in
partnership with the Sunlight Foundation and Teresa
deputy Washington bureau chief of the global news agency EFE.
along with MapLight <>, the Center for Investigative
Reporting <> and Code the
Change<> are
also supporting the event.

Don't worry if you c an’t get to New York City or Palo Alto. We'll use Sunlight
Live <> to create a video bridge that will allow
anyone to join virtually from a computer screen anywhere. You can interact
with participants in both sites via live chat while watching a stream of
the event. Hope to see you there!
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