Don't worry folks, the White House hasn't lost its marbles (well, not based on this, anyway) by encouraging citizens across the nation to start hacking
. The U.S. government doesn't want you to break into banking systems, and after Matthew Broderick almost started World War III in the 1980s
, we're pretty sure it doesn't want you messing around with any military computers, either. So what's going on?
The White House is embracing Civic Hacking Day!
"Civic Hacking Day is an opportunity for software developers, technologists, and entrepreneurs to unleash their can-do American spirit by collaboratively harnessing publicly-released data and code to create innovative solutions for problems that affect Americans," the White House said in a statement. "While civic hacking communities have long worked to improve our country and the world, this summer will mark the first time local developers from across the Nation unite around the shared mission of addressing and solving challenges relevant to OUR blocks, OUR neighborhoods, OUR cities, OUR states, and OUR country."
It's actually a two-day event that runs from June 1-2, 2013. During that time, you'll find special events hosted by leading organizations, companies, and government agencies across the nation. There will be different types of events to participate in, such as hackathons, brigade meetings, block parties, and whatever else people come up with.
If it sounds like something you'd be interested in, or just want to gather more information, head over to hackforchange.org