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How a hackathon can transform your community

Nov 21, 2013, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])

What started as an uphill battle in Burlington, Vermont on the National Day of Civic Hacking in June 2013, transversed into an understanding between local government, non-profits, the media, and the community four months later. What they came to understand was that we can grow stronger when we work together. When we partner. When we work on stuff that matters.

Robert Coleburn, a Technology Librarian (and systems administrator) at Fletcher Free Library, jumped at the opportunity to partner with Code for Burlington, a Code for America brigade, to help host a hackathon on the last weekend in October called Hack the Stacks. The event drew over 30 people volunteering to improve their community through open source technology.

"The hackathon event is exactly the kind of thing that the library wants to promote," Coleburn said. "Promoting an event like this is right up our alley and where we want to go."

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