THE UNITED STATES White House has approved what it is calling a National Day of Hacking.
The day called Hack for Change will happen on 1 June in cities across the US and will see entrepreneurs and developers work with publicly released data to code and create technology that can solve local challenges.
"National Day of Civic Hacking is a call to action for anyone who wants to make a positive impact on their town, city, and country. A coalition of leading organizations, companies, and government agencies have banded together to issue this challenge with the goal of promoting transparency, participation, and collaboration among governments, startups, and citizens," said the announcement on the White House blog.
"These partners will support Civic Hacking Day by hosting activities across the country that invite anyone to become part of the civic hacker community - whether you're a newbie or an expert - and by connecting people in person or online during the weekend celebration."
There are some guidelines. For example, the US government recommends: "Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration," and "Liberate open data that can inform better problem solving in every community."
The event is being run alongside two other events, Random Hacks of Kindness and Code for America.
US Federal agencies, the US Department of Labor, Nasa and the US Census Bureau are all involved and will sponsor events with "hacker" appeal. µ