MyIGA Hackathon

Recently, with the relaunch of their web site, the Indiana General Assembly released an open API for the datasets behind what the General Assembly does and has done.  They call it MyIGA.

With this new access to the information, it is beneficial to the entire State for interesting, fun, and informative tools to be created, allowing citizens to explore the data in new ways.

Some of these new ways to view the data include:

  • Voting records on all bills, filterable by legislator, caucus, committee, etc
  • Current status/life of bills
  • Overlay views of bills from initial filings to current and pending amendments
  • Alert systems based on favoriting/watching bills, legislators, etc

To help facilitate the creating of these tools, we are working with the West Lafayette Public Library and hosting a MyIGA hackathon, codefest, hack day.  Whatever you want to call it, it’s happening Saturday, March 22nd.  The library’s doors open 10AM, and we’ll close the place down.  😉

The day consist of hanging out at the library, talking, hacking out code, and coming up with interesting ways to interact with this new availability of data.

If possible, please bring your own laptop.

Things to do prior to March 22nd:

  • Contact Bob Amos: bob.amos@REMOVETHIS.iga.in.gov to request a token.
  • Read, skim, or otherwise familiarize yourself with the MyIGA API documentation.
  • Start to think about different ways to use the API.

Feel free to hack out code prior to the event.  You can always share what you learn along the way.  If you do, I would love to talk with you prior so we can make the most of the day.

Keep checking here for more information and updates.  Contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your interest.

References

MyIGA

Civic Hacking Organizations

Civic Hacking Projects

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