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"Data-Hungry" Is the Sentiment at the Code Across America Hackathon

"In just one word, how are you feeling this morning?" That was one of the ice-breaker questions every participant of the  "Hack Your City with Your City" event in San Francisco answered as we went around the room and introduced ourselves. The most common answers were 'excited' or 'over/under-caffeinated,' but the answer that struck me most, and which was also a common theme amongst participants whom I spoke with throughout the day, was the phrase 'data-hungry.' It succinctly summarizes the primary challenge facing the Open Data movement today -- giving Developers an understanding of what data is available, how to get at it, and how to use it most effectively for common good. Once the data floodgates are opened, we just stand back and see what amazing apps spring forth. Accela partnered with  Code for America to host a hackathon on Saturday, February 23 at their Headquarters on 9th Street....
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