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Govathon

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In February, City Hall officials brainstormed with programmers, data junkies, and other tech-minded geeks during Govathon, the first-ever citywide hackathon. Held inside City Hall's Old Council Chambers, city officials pitched citizens eager to improve Atlanta on projects and programs their underfunded departments need. After working together for the better part of 24 hours, consuming countless pizza slices and cups of coffee, teams emerged with proposals for a series of promising Web programs and apps, many of which the city hopes to develop. The highlights include programs that generate online police reports, can search city park amenities or report vacant homes in blighted areas, and allow residents to rate Atlanta's customer service. Who said civic collaboration couldn't be fun? www.govathon.com.
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