Civic Data Alliance to host IoT Hackathon in new Gigabit Experience Center

The Civic Data Alliance, LVL1 hackerspace and the Metro Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation are co-hosting an IoT (Internet of Things) Hackathon on Saturday at the newly opened Gigabit Experience Center.

“One of CDA’s goals is to foster a direct connection between the community and their government. We hope that this goal helps citizens more actively participate in the direction that their local policies take,” event organizer Margeaux Spring told Insider in an email. “We want to build things, as a community and for the community that fill a need or solve a problem for our neighborhoods and local government”

Because Microsoft and Amazon are key sponsors, hacking likely will utilize Amazon’s Echo/Alexa/Dot devices and Microsoft’s Cortana/Azure, both cloud-computing personal assistants.

According to the website, people with the following skills are needed: research (web/email/phone), idea focus, data entry, modifying existing code, using third party online services, graphic design, user experience (UX), documentation, presentation creation, mapping, and/or data analysis.

Last year, when Civic Data Alliance co-founder Michael Schneurle left to work as Metro Government’s first data officer, the alliance reorganized and now is led by three captains, Spring, Becky Steele and Robert Kahne. The organization also has upped its game to four hackathons a year from two. The group now meets monthly instead of quarterly, core member Dave Mattingly told Insider.

The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with an overview and introductions. By 10 a.m. the attendees will organize themselves into groups and get to work. The event ends with the groups presenting their projects, the roadblocks they faced and their future plans starting at 4 p.m.

Typically after the event is over, everyone goes out for dinner and drinks, but those details are still to be determined.

Attendees should bring their laptops and all needed cords and chargers. The event is free, but the organizers would like attendees to sign up in advance here. The Gigabit Experience Center is located in the Louisville Central Community Center, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.