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.”
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.”
It all started in June 2013 as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, an initiative backed by the White House in support of technology and civic innovation. Following Los Angeles’ election of 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.
Hack for LA events illustrate the power of open government practices, particularly where data is readily available to support meaningful collaboration between the public and private sectors.
ESRI, Deutsch, i.am.angel Foundation, Gimbal, Compiler LA, California HealthCare Foundation
Impact Hub LA, Controller’s Office, Tech LA, Civic Innovation Lab, Department of Water and Power, Immigrant Heritage Month, New Economy Campaigns, Time Warner, California Health and Human Services Agency, Pollack PR Marketing Group, FWD.us, CTRL Collective