I’m happy to announce that Sunlight will be hosting an open government hackathon at RubyConf. The three day event will be held in New Orleans from November 11 to 13. This is the big show in the Ruby world, where the Ruby core team from Japan will make the trip across the Pacific. While the event initially sold in a matter of days when registration first opened, a second batch of tickets will be made available today. So head on over to the RubyConf registration page right now to get your seat.
The RubyConf organizers, Ruby Central Inc., have been gracious enough to provide us with a dedicated room at the conference venue. Previously, Sunlight has hosted successful hackathons at PyCon around the Open States Project. With the hackathon at RubyConf, we plan to have a diverse selection of projects for developers to work on. We’ll have projects at the federal level and state level, like writing data importers for the National Data Catalog. In the past year within our community, there’s been tremendous energy at the local level. We encourage those working on city-centric efforts to bring “shovel-ready” projects to the hackathon, and we’ll support you throughout RubyConf. Just get in touch with me and we’ll get your project on the board. We’re also working with key stakeholders in New Orleans, and hope to have some projects ready that can directly help the city in its recovery efforts.