CityCamp NC is offering $3,000 in prizes to development teams who will gather for the fifth “unconference” where the goal is to develop next generation solutions for municipal governments through a hackathon.

The conference is set for June 12-13 in Raleigh with a kickoff event set (“A Taste of City Camp”) for the previous evening, June 11, at HQ Raleigh. Developers will spend the weekend creating projects at Wake County Commons.

The winning team will take home $2,500. Another $500 prize also is available.

“We have speakers from across the region and across North Carolina helping us kick off CityCamp NC,” said Jason Hibbets, the CityCamp NC co-chair. “You can expect to hear from Go Triangle, Wake County, and the City of Charlotte – and our topics range from startups like AppCityLife to coding groups such as Girl Develop It RDU. We expect a good mix of ideas and inspiration.”

The hackathon will begin Friday morning.

“CityCamp is a nexus of civic enthusiasm, technical expertise, and a contagious creative spirit that drives innovation and change,” said Bill Greeves, Chief Information Officer at Wake County, NC. “We are extremely fortunate to have such plentiful talent and dedication devoted to making a positive change in our community. Wake County continues to enthusiastically participate in the event, working shoulder-to-shoulder with entrepreneurs, other governments, and our neighbors, because we recognize the tremendous relationships and outcomes that the event brings year after year.”

Program highlights

  • Friday: “A panel of GIS experts will discuss geospatial and open data, followed by Twyla McDermott, Corporate IT Program Manager, talking about the City of Charlotte’s experience as a Code for America city. The capstone of the morning session will be keynote speaker Mark Headd, a world class leader in the areas of civic technology and open government. Unconference sessions will be held throughout the afternoon at the Commons. Team submissions for the CityCamp NC competition are due Saturday morning by 10:00 AM.”
  • Saturday: “The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the CityCamp NC competition. Teams develop their ideas into reality and begin prototyping for the competition. Presentations and judging will be held around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. For unconference participants who don’t join a build team, the Code For Raleigh brigade will host a civic hackathon that is open for anyone to attend. Additionally, CityCamp NC is partnering with Girl Develop It RDU to deliver hands-on introductory sessions of HTML/CSS and Python.”

Visit the CityCamp NC website for registration information.