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Champions of Change

We’ve got some exciting news! Our [freespace] crew was recently invited to participate in the Champions of Change event, hosted at The White House. You can watch the event broadcast Live, on July 23rd, 10am ET on http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

White House Live


via The White House’s Press Release

On Tuesday, July 23rd, the White House will honor 15 leaders and organizations as open government and civic hacking “Champions of Change.” As entrepreneurs, innovators, organizers, and community leaders, these “Champions of Change” have made a tremendous positive impact by building high-tech tools to help health workers and disaster-response crews better serve communities; piloting innovative programs to involve traditionally disengaged communities in local governance; using new technologies to enhance government transparency and collaboration; and more.

When presenting his new management agenda earlier this month, President Obama said, “… We the people recognize that this government belongs to us, and it’s up to each of us and every one of us to make it work better…We all have a stake in government success — because the government is us.”

The White House Champions of Change program was created as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future Initiative. Through this program, the White House highlights individuals, businesses, and organizations whose extraordinary stories and accomplishments positively impact our communities.

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 10:00 am ET on July 23rd. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.

Download the Press Release


Oh – and for more information on what Civic Hacking is, read our post “Civic Hacking Explained” : http://freespace.io/2013/06/14/civic-hacking-explained/

Civic Hacking Explained


Nick Skytland is a smart man. As a rocket scientist at NASA, he helped launch (pun intended) National Day of Civic Hacking. The event was the impetus and inspiration for [freespace].

Nick came down to [freespace] and had this to say : “This is an amazing experiment in what civic hacking can look like in the United States.” Watch the rest of the video below

And for a glimpse of what Nick is working on, check out the presentation below

Thanks for stopping by Nick!

And while you’re here, visit our projects page to get an idea of what civic hacks we’re working on.