Indianapolis Indiana

We are proud to invite you to the first ever Indy civic hackathon May 31st in support of the National Day of Civic Hacking. We invite entrepreneurs, developers, designers, government representatives and citizens who are passionate about improving our community to attend this free event. IndyCivicHack is a one-day event driven by passionate and engaged citizens given the opportunity to explore and drive solutions using public data. Participants are called on to apply existing technologies or build new applications using public data. We have a fun day of open data, announcements, networking, coding, giveaways and more planned.

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Event Hackpad (important links and info)


Stay tuned for more information on the exact schedule.

We plan to start the day around 10am and continue the fun into the evening. Save the date on your calandar!

May 31st Hackathon Schedule

Check-In: 9:30 am - 10:10 am
Opening Remarks: 10:10 am
Indiana Open Data Initiatives

Paul Baltzell - CIO State of Indiana: 10:20 am

Open Data

Congresswoman Susan W Brooks: 10:30 am

Socrata SODA API: 10:40 am

Open Coding: 10:50 am
Lunch: 12:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Show Off Your Work: 7:00 pm
Open Networking - Location TBD: 9:00 pm


We have a number of great prizes up for grabs!

The winning solutions will take home a variety of prizes including:

Win the trash challenge and take home an extra prize of 4 Indianapolis Colts Suite tickets to the game on October 19th

Raffle to fight hunger in Indiana

1 in 6 hoosiers fight hunger everyday. While we are hacking for change lets take this opportunity to help fight hunger in our community. Bring a nonperishable food item (not mandantory to participate)! For every two non perishable food items you bring you will be given a raffle ticket to enter our raffle prize drawing. We will be giving away some fun swag but most of all you will be helping us all do our part to help feed the hungry in Indy. All donations will be taken to a local food shelter. We will be raffling off:

We will have plenty of additional swag for all the participants, you have to attend to find out what :)


We Have a Mix of Local and National Challenges, Plus Bring Your Own

Local Challenge: Help the Indianapolis Mayor’s Action Center (MAC) reduce the number of incoming calls from citizens requesting trash-related information.

The Problem: Last year (2013), the MAC handled over 176,000 calls, resulting in nearly 57,000 requests for service and nearly 43,000 requests for information. These information calls account for 18% of all calls the MAC took in 2013, with trash information calls alone accounting for more than 11% of the MAC’s total volume last year. The MAC is looking to decrease/eliminate these trash calls in an effort to reduce cost, improve customer service, and reallocate resources in a more effective and efficient way.Trash information calls typically consist of questions along the lines of: “what day is my trash picked up?”; “is my trash going to be picked up today?” (these calls increase around holidays and bad weather); and “what can/can’t I put out on my heavy trash day?”

Potential Soultions: Innovative ideas dont have boundaries, however here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • IVR phone solution/self-service tool
  • Opt-in text message/email notifications
  • Add-on to our current online/mobile tool, RequestIndy; also available as app in Google Play and Apple stores) for people to easily look up information
  • Improve the Government Profile that allows users to look up specific government-related information based on their address (including trash info)

Local Challenge: Help us create new visualizations and heatmaps using accident and Indiana State Police open data

INDOT and the Indiana State Police have data on current accidents and tickets they have released for the first time. They would like your help to answer a few key questions through visual representation of this information and potential MASHUPS with other data sets. These questions include:

  • Where are clusters of like accidents?
  • Where are deer strikes happening the most by frequency and location? (HINT: would love to see a heatmap)
  • Do weather conditions precipitate or affect the volume and timing of accidents? Example: Why are there few accidents at this point, except at sunset? (maybe INDOT needs to plant some tall trees to shade a setting sun).
  • Are there intersections with a statistically unusual circumstances? E.g., intersections with 30% more crashes of right hand turns than any other type of crash at that location

Data sets to be utilized:

Potential Solutions

  • Heatmap with various views and filters
  • MASHUP with weather data and other external data sets
  • Search app for the various data sets where users can make their own visualizations

Local Challenge: Help us create new visualization/app for a variety of local data sets

We have sourced a number of local and state data sets that we would like to see what you can do with them. These include pothole, accident, meaningful use, and more. Here are just a few of these data sets available on our event community open data portal

For an awesome list of national challenges, check out the HackForChange challenge list


Our goal is to connect innovators with Indianapolis, Indiana, and national top opendata sets.

We invite you to submit data sets, unlock data, point participants towards data sets and more. Connecting innovators with civic data has already produced billions of dollars in benefit to communities (e.g., GIS data driving GPS inovation). Our goal is to highlight these data sets but we need your help to do so.

View our event's open data portal here:

screenshot of open data portal

Also, here are a few places to find additional open data sets

General Socrata Open Data Portal | Data.Gov | HealthData.Gov | Open VA Data | Open FDA | Open NASA | World Bank Data | Lilly Open Innovation API | List of CKAN (open data portal) instances | HackForChange Aggregated List of Sources
Indiana specific Indiana Map | Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Reports & Statistics | South Bend Open Data Portal
Other cities and states list of international open government data portals | New York | Chicago | San Francisco | Illinois | Austin | Boston | Hawaii | Oregon | Madison | Canada | Honolulu | Seattle | Lexington | Phillidelphia | Maryland | San Mataeo | Baltimore | Oakland | Kansas City | Louisville


Our community is awesome! Without your support, support of the organizations below, and HackForChange sponsors this event would not be possible.

Featured Sponsors

Interactive Intelligence

Organizing Sponsors

Indy Chamber Social Health Insights

Featured Contributors

Socrata Logo Indiana Office of Technology Indianapolis Mayor Ballards Office
Developer Town Speakeasy GitHub Cloudera


We have an awseome day planned at The Speak Easy in Indianapolis!

5255 Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

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