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News - February 1, 2013

Around Town

CITY OF HACKS ... Palo Alto caught attention of technologists the world over last year, when it co-sponsored its first citywide "hackathon" — a combination of hacking session, networking soiree and food-and-music festival. Now it looks as if this event has also caught the attention of the White House, which is hoping to push other cities to follow suit. The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy has just scheduled a "National Day of Civic Hacking" on June 1 and 2. "A coalition of leading organizations, companies and government agencies have banded together to issue this challenge with the goal of promoting transparency, participation and collaboration among governments, startup, and citizens," the office announced. The post notes that the nationwide hacking event is being modeled after the Super Happy Block Party, the Palo Alto hackathon that was co-sponsored by Innovation Endeavors, a local venture-capital firm founded by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. This time, federal agencies are looking to get in on the fun. Officials from NASA, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Labor will be among those offering "specific challenges for hackers to work during the event." Not surprisingly, Palo Alto is among the roughly 30 cities that are already planning activities for this day. Others include San Francisco, Oakland, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu, New York City, Seattle, Philadelphia and Tucson.

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