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Third Congressional Hackathon

Washington, D.C. – Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) today announced details of the upcoming Third Congressional Hackathon that will take place on Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

This event is open to the public, but all participants are required to register in advance.

The event will bring together a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, Congressional staff, Legislative Branch agency staff, open government and transparency advocates, civic hackers, and developers from digital companies to explore the role of digital platforms in the legislative process. Discussions will range from data transparency, constituent services, public correspondence, social media, committee hearings and the broader legislative process.

Leader McCarthy stated, “We need to modernize our nation’s legislative institutions. Over the past few decades, new technologies have generated exponential changes in how organizations function across most sectors of our economy, yet government has failed to keep pace with those changes. Software developers, designers and program engineers have a unique opportunity to restore the public’s trust in their nation’s legislative processes. I am very excited to bring people together to work towards these goals.”

Whip Hoyer stated, “Digital technologies continue to transform Americans’ lives at an ever-increasing rate, and those same technologies should be used by government leaders to make government of all levels and branches more efficient, effective, and transparent. This Hackathon will bring together a diverse group of experts to rethink how we can best take advantage of these exciting new technologies. I was proud to co-host the two prior Congressional Hackathons, each of which resulted in tangible progress, and I am pleased to host this event again so that we can work together to open up government.”

Third Congressional Hackathon Details

Hosts: Majority Leader McCarthy and Democratic Whip Hoyer

Location: United States Capitol

Date: November 30, 2017

Time: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The first hour will include brief remarks from Leader McCarthy, Whip Hoyer, and updates on the digital and data efforts within the Legislative Branch. Participants will then be invited to break into different groups to actively brainstorm and explore new ideas on how to leverage technology to improve and open the legislative branch. Group topics will likely include legislative workflow and data, constituent casework and services, constituent communication and engagement, and modernizing congressional hearings. Participants are encouraged to brainstorm new ideas in these areas in advance of the event, including reviewing previous suggestion lists from the Open Gov Foundation and the Congressional Data Coalition.

All participants will reconvene for the final hour to hear recommendations and ideas from each group.

Many of the ideas that were developed during the two prior Congressional Hackathons have since been adopted by Congress.