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Saturday: 'Civic hackathon' in Redwood City

 

An all-day "civic hackathon" to create web and mobile apps aimed at improving services in San Mateo County will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at GSV Labs, 425 Broadway St. in Redwood City.

The event is for "developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, students, techies, activists, designers and citizens," according to the website.

Participants will have between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to develop their projects, which will be judged based on usefulness, usability, incorporation of San Mateo County data, originality, and use of appropriate technology.

Some ideas for projects have already been suggested by the county.

Top teams can win a $1,500 prize or a $250 honorable mention, along with door prizes awarded during the event. Winners may be invited to participate in the county's "Apps Challenge" to compete for a $5,000 grand prize.

Breakfast and lunch are provided, and registration is $25 for general admission and $20 for students, seniors, youth or military personnel. Participants can get a $5 discount with the promo code "SAVE5."

The schedule and more information about the event can be found on the event web page.

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