The National Day of Civic Hacking (http://hackforchange.org/ ) is a White House initiative to promote the use of science and technology to solve civic problems. The weekend of May 30-June 1, cities all across the country will host Hackathons, block parties, and other events to that end.  OpenDataSTL (http://opendatastl.org/) is planning an event called Build4STL (http://buildforstl.org/).

There are a number of great ways for community building organizations to get involved, including:

–          Participate in the Build For STL weekend May 30 – June 1.  Besides the Hackathon, there will be a wide range of training sessions and community improvement projects.  Learn more at http://buildforstl.org/.

–          Submit a community challenge at http://buildforstl.org/challenges/.  Build for STL is about helping the community, and there are many excellent organizations working towards that goal. Any organization that has a problem they would like tackled via civic technology at The Hackathon are welcome to submit it as a Challenge. Participants in The Hackathon that don’t have ideas for a project coming in will be invited to pull from the Challenge list.

–          Map your neighborhood!  OpenDataSTL is hosting a month-long  MapForSTL editing competition, pitting teams against each other to see who can make the most improvements to St. Louis in OpenStreetMap.   OpenStreetMap is an open, community-driven, crowdsourced map emphasizing local knowledge and powering maps on hundreds of websites.  Join an existing team or start your own and map the great things about your community this month.  Contest details and instructions on how to get started are at http://buildforstl.org/mid-size-events/mapforstl/