Can programmers, hackmasters, and ordinary people take a weekend to hack together a better Princeton? That’s the goal of the first ever Code for Princeton Hackathon, which coincides with the National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, at the Princeton Public Library.

The hackathon is calling people to “come together to build solutions for our community, using publicly-released data and new technology.” Invited are government officials, developers, designers, makers, community organizers, and anyone else who wants to make Princeton better.

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday and the hacking will continue through midnight, resuming at 8 a.m. the next day and continuing to 11 a.m. Along the way there will be a speech by Mike Swift (who goes by just Swift), the CEO of Major League Hacking, and programming classes for kids. Prizes will be awarded for the best responses to the challenges posed by the organizers.

The challenges include:

Mapping. Create an app for the municipality of Princeton to keep the public informed and track storm damage.

Sustainability. Use publicly available data to analyze and display Princeton’s greenhouse gas emissions over time and create simple quantitative comparisons.

Civic Engagement. Create a web app for district vote counters to quickly upload their counts to the municipal website.

Transit. Improve and expand on Philadelphia’s CyclePhilly app, which records data from bike trips and sends it to transportation planners.

Pet and volunteer matching. Help Montgomery Upper Middle School students build an app for the SAVE animal shelter to match pets with adopters.

The Hackathon will also provide space for hardware aficionados. For more information, visit or E-mail

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