National Day of Civic Hacking
June 6th + 7th 2015

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Join the civic hacking and technology movement in LA

It all started June 1st-2nd, 2013

In support of the National Day of Civic Hacking, Los Angeles hosted Hack for LA on June 1-2, 2013 at the Boyle Heights Youth Technology Center. Following Los Angeles’ election of our new mayor, Eric Garcetti, the hackathon and makerfaire offered government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and civically engaged individuals the opportunity to work together to move into a new era of solving complex social problems through technology innovation.  We had more than 450 people attend, and 40 apps were submitted for judging on Sunday.  You can see all the submissions, the winners, and our event sponsors at  With exhibits from Two Bit Circus and LA Makerspace, Deezmaker, The Exploratory, Crashspace and Rolling Robots. Hack for LA showcased the latest tech, from 3D printing to robotics, to help inspire young community members to consider careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  Check out the video above featuring many of the winning apps:

The first hackday was just the beginning

This event was just the beginning of a growing civic technology movement here in Los Angeles, and this website will be the home of our efforts going forward.  We hosted our second Hack for LA on December 7-8, 2013 and Hack for LA 2014 will be May 31/ June 1 at Los Angeles City Hall.  Please join our community and we will keep you updated as we plan future events, founder of Foundation and supporter of Hack for LA, said,

“Everything we can do to engage local communities, especially our young people, in technology and innovation helps us to create a stronger LA and a stronger America. I’m proud to support this amazing event in Boyle Heights.” 

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is a huge supporter of technology and innovation in civic life:

“Hack for LA is a great example of how we can harness technology and our city's creativity to solve everyday problems. As Mayor, I will closely partner with our tech industry to create jobs and bring innovation to City Hall so government works faster and more efficiently.” 

Join Us

Hack for LA is a call to action for anyone in Los Angeles who wants to make an impact; anyone can get involved, irrespective of professional experience. Projects can address any challenge facing the community, such as a mobile app that enables drivers to report potholes, to platforms that address food and housing distribution for those in need.   Sign on to this site for updates on future meetings and events.  Can’t wait for our next hackathon?

Check out these local public data sources and get hacking:

Or try these national/ federal datasets via National Day of Civic Hacking:

We get a lot of help from our friends!

Sponsors for our May 31 / June 1 event will include: Foundation, ESRI, Google's Civic Innovation Team, SAS, Socrata, Verizon, and more to be announced! Code for America/ Code for LA will be sponsoring our afterparty and helping keep the magic going. Partners include Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Information Technology Agency, Control Panel LA, Code for LA, Technovation, Girls in Tech, New Economy Campaigns, Sealight Enterprises, SignatureCreative, The Pollack PR Marketing Group, and more! Please find a list of our June 2013 partners and sponsors here and our December 2013 partners and sponsors here.