First-ever NYC hackathon will help improve voter experience

The Voting Information Project (VIP) works to improve the voter experience by providing up-to-date election information to voters. VIP brings election information directly to the voter by allowing states to expose official election data such as polling locations, registration deadlines, and ballot information on various mediums and platforms like the web and mobile.

Modern voters expect online tools to help them cast an informed vote, and VIP is here to provide new platforms to enhance their experience. On August 2nd and 3rd we are hosting our first-ever New York City hackathon at AlleyNYC in midtown Manhattan. The event will bring together 150 developers, designers, and usability experts to generate socially innovative applications that can improve the voting experience in New York City for the 2013 primary and general elections, including the mayoral race. We’ll be capping the registration at 150 so register today!

In 2012, VIP tools saw more than 25 million look-ups from people trying to find their polling place along with information on candidates and ballot issues. More than 600 websites embedded VIP tools for voters to use, including the Washington Post, ABC, CNN, and FOX News. Bringing together creative minds to share ideas, experiment, and learn from one another will help us increase our ability to provide important election data to voters.

Join us and register here for our first-ever VIP hackathon for New York City. The two-day event will feature noted content strategist and user experience designer, Karen McGrane, as well as an accomplished and innovative panel of judges, no-cost meals, and tech industry leaders as well as the opportunity to meet and network with you fellow participants and sponsors including: The Pew Charitable Trusts, Microsoft, Google, The Sunlight Foundation, Azavea, Twilio, and more.

Michelle Shim