The Voting Information Project

San Francisco Hackathon, March 28th & 29th


How do voters find out about an election? Who do they turn to? For decades, the information on where, when and for whom you could vote for was not easily accessible to voters.

The Voting Information Project connects voters with the essential information needed to cast their ballot. VIP works with state and location election officials to provide official election information to citizens through a variety of channels.

All attendees will receive:

  • Google Cloud Platform — $500 of credit to build your web or mobile app
  • Lob — $20 of printing credits, redeemable for one year

Featured Speakers & Judges




Parse + Build

Parse through the California 2014 primary feed, the feeds of all 50 states and D.C. for one year or all years archived, or just focus in on one state in particular–the choice is yours. Integrate the data into a web or mobile application you develop in order to make the data easily available to voters and/or elections officials.

Prize: $200


Work with the Google Civic Information API as your foundation to create a new user experience for voters who are seeking their polling place, leverage the data to develop an entirely new application, or simply produce a mashup with open data found outside of the API.

Prize: $200


Help us update our existing code, fork an existing repository, come up with brilliant fixes, and create much-needed documentation. Where can it can be improved upon? Re-write, re-write it some more, and document that instead, so that other developers will have something incredibly solid to build off of going forward.

Prize: $200

Dots on a Map Prize

For the best use of GIS, one of the three track winners will also receive:

  • 3 Typographic Maps (posters) or one Letterpress print from Axis Maps
  • $100 of stuff from MapTote
  • Oxford Atlas of the World
  • 1 set of books from the Azavea library
    Each new colleague at Azavea receives a full set of six books related to geography and geodata analytics. Your team will receive one full set of six books

Social Media Prize

For the best incorporation of social media, one of the three track winners will also receive an additional $100.

Special Prize

One winning team will also be awarded a special prize for the best HTML5 web app built on Azure or HTML5-based Windows 8 app. Entries will be judged based on creativity, innovation and value.

Mashup Prize

For the best implementation of a Mashery API, one winning team will receive up to 6 (team size dependent) Anker® Astro E5 15000mAh Dual USB Portable Chargers. Field tested and approved for battery-fueled device usage by Mashery's world traveling Developer Evangelists.


Friday, March 28th

7:00pm - 7:30pm – Registration & Dinner

7:30pm - 8:15pm – Intro, Rules Review & Keynote Speaker

8:15pm - 9:00pm – Pitches

9:00pm - 9:30pm – Clinic: Get Feedback On Your Idea from Experts

9:30pm - 11:30pm – Grouping & Initial Development

Saturday, March 29th

8:00am - 9:00am – Breakfast & Registration

9:00am - 12:00pm – Development

12:00pm - 1:00pm – Lunch w/Guest Speaker

1:00pm - 4:30pm – Development

4:30pm - 5:30pm – Presentations

5:30pm - 6:30pm – Judging & Awards


Impact Hub 901 Mission St, Suite 105 San Francisco, CA 94103