Hack for LA

Join the civic hacking and technology movement in LA

The next Hack for LA will be May 31-June 1 2014- more info soon! Our 12/2013 Hack for LA was awesome- See winners here.

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 HackforLA.challengepost.com.  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.  Please join our community and we will keep you updated as we plan future events



will.i.am, founder of i.am.angel 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: http://www.hackforchange.org/datasets

We get a lot of help from our friends!

Sponsors for our December 7-8 2013 event included: i.am.angel Foundation, Sprint, tapdn, Cornerstone OnDemand, Google's Civic Innovation Team, Demand Media, Socrata, and General Assembly. Partners include Challengeopst, Los Angeles Information Technology Agency, Control Panel LA, Code for LA, Variety Boys and Girls Club, Technovation, UCLA Community Schools, Computer Science Education Week, Girls in Tech, OC Hackerz and more! Please find a list of our June 2013 partners and sponsors here.