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Apr. 26, 2013 9:30 am

Hack the Parks: deadline for submissions to city civic hacking contest moved to May 24

The deadline for project proposals for Baltimore's first citywide, city-sponsored civic hacking contest has been pushed back, and are now due May 24, not May 1, as Technically Baltimore first reported.
The Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory at Druid Hill Park.

The Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory at Druid Hill Park.

The deadline for project proposals for Baltimore’s first citywide, city-sponsored civic hacking contest has been pushed back, and are now due May 24, not May 1, as Technically Baltimore first reported.

Hack the Parks, a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology, the Department of Recreation and Parks and gb.tc, is the first challenge issued in the new, broader Hack Baltimore initiative, which calls on civic-minded technologists to come up with creative hacks for improving government agencies and services.

Although, as gb.tc mentioned in its blog post announcing Hack the Parks, “hacks” need not be technology-based, so long as they provide “simple, tangible benefits for the community.”

As Technically Baltimore reported, Hack the Parks will award seed grants of about $2,000 to “the most innovative park improvement proposals.” Grant winners will receive the summer to conduct a pilot test of their proposed project.

MOIT, gb.tc and the Department of Recreation and Parks will be at the Lakeside Pavilion in Druid Hill Park on May 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. promoting Hack the Parks and answering questions.

Read the full eligibility criteria for Hack the Parks, and then submit your Hack the Parks proposal here.

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