Malacanang to hold 2-day open gov’t budget data hackathon on Nov 9 & 10

MANILA, (PNA) — The Aquino government has invited programmers and designers to participate during the two-day “open government budget data hackathon” to be held this November, a Palace official said.

“We are pleased to announce that the Open Data Philippines Task Force will be holding a two-day open data hackathon this November. The event, called #KabantayNgBayan, will be open to IT developers and designers interested in creating innovative mobile or web-based applications utilizing government data,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The Open Data Philippines Task Force is composed of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, Department of Budget and Management, and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Office.

Valte said the event will be held at the Sadoce, 12/F Smart Tower I, Ayala Avenue, Makati, on November 9-10.

The registration for interested participants started on Monday.

“The event is open to groups of three to four with a mix of developers and designers. The data to be used for this hackathon will center on the national government budget. The challenge will be to build applications that will present new ways to increase public awareness and track government spending,” Valte said.

Valte said #KabantayNgBayan is envisioned to produce apps that will not only aid government performance but also encourage the citizenry to participate in good governance, specifically in the areas of public financial management.

“This event is one of several focused on open government data leading up to the November launch of data.gov.ph, a website that will serve as a portal to public national government datasets,” she said.

Valte invited interested programmers and designers to visit the website for more details and to register: data.gov.ph/hackathon.

#KabantayNgBayan was organized in partnership with Microsoft, Smart Developers Network, Smart Bro, IdeaSpace Foundation, and the National Competitiveness Council, and is sponsored by Red Bull, Pepsi, Krispy Kreme, and Mozilla Philippines.