1. Hackathons: Giving back to the community, one line of code at a time

    Hackathons: Giving back to the community, one line of code at a time

    By Andy Vuong The Denver Post Posted: 05/26/2014 12:01:00 AM MDT Updated: 05/26/2014 12:09:14 AM MDT Harrison Kuzbyt, a University of Denver computer science major, works on his team project at the recent GovDev Challenge in which Google partnered with the Harrison Kuzbyt, a University of Denver computer science major, works on his team project at the recent GovDev Challenge in which Google partnered with the states of Colorado and Wyoming to create solutions for challenges facing local governments. (Photos by Brenden Neville, Special to The Denver Post)

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    1. This was a chance for us to take some of what we've learned and kind of give back to the government and public sector.
    2. Instead of having to scroll through hundreds of thousands of lines of data, all of that is condensed down to just a few pie charts and a map.
    3. It was quite the experience. Everyone started out really talkative and walking around, then as the night drew on, it became really quiet.
    4. Government is really good at collecting data — we're really good at housing the data — but it's really unique the way the private sector looks at it differently.
    5. It seems that the private sector has really been jumping on board with social sharing and peer-to-peer connections and just technology in general, whereas our public sector hasn't quite kept up.
    6. Every three hours there was a new announcement about catered sandwiches, catered dinner. At 3 a.m., the pizza showed up, which was a life-saver.
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