Join California Code Rush 4 at NICAR in Denver
A fourth challenge to hacks, hackers and newbies of all ages
There will be swag.
Our crew is headed to Denver this week for the annual NICAR conference. And we’re packing a trunk full of tickets to continue our open-source quest to master CAL-ACCESS, the government database tracking California campaign cash.
We’re asking you to help us close them out.
We call it the California Code Rush. It’s a simple game. Submit a patch, win a prize.
Don’t worry if you’re new to open source. Spend some time with our team and we’ll guide you through your first contribution, from fork to patch to pull.
A small-sized ticket won’t take longer than 20 minutes. You’ll learn how to use GitHub, make your first open-source software contribution and walk away with a limited-edition sticker (designed just for this event by our man Thomas Suh Lauder, using his mind-altering, Scoobymorphic Design™).
You’ll also be entered in raffle to win a prize from this year’s swaglode of California collectables. It includes:
- A full-sized California state flag
- Two bags of Blue Bottle coffee beans
- A hacked Oakland “Mathletics” t-shirt
- A remixed “Beets don’t kale my vibes” t-shirt
- A bottle of spicy mustard from Phillipe “The Original”
- A vial of Habanero hot sauce from the kitchen at Chichen Itza
- A set of coasters featuring the designs of Charles and Ray Eames
- A fresh, fitted Cali cap from New Era
- A Japangeles street shirt from Little Tokyo in Los Angeles
Our whole crew will converge on the “Colorado A” room for a scheduled session Saturday March 12 at 2:15 p.m. to spend the afternoon hacking. Meet us there to learn more and get involved.
Or find us around the conference and we’ll help you start in. We’re planning on pitching a tent during our free time and blasting the location on Twitter with the hashtag #NICAR16.
You don’t have to be in Denver to win a prize. Close a ticket at any time between now and the conference’s close on March 13 and your prize will soon be in the mail.
Challenges are waiting in our core application, django-calaccess-raw-data, a backend app for downloading, extracting and loading the raw data from the state. Grab one and get going.
Want to know more? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.