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Census Bureau to participate in upcoming ‘Hackathon’

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU LOGOThe U.S. Census Bureau announced Thursday its participation in the upcoming two-day Hackathon, slated for Oct. 8-9, to share with participants how its statistics systems work.

Discussions will include preparations for the 2020 Census as well as ongoing survey operations and innovations in Puerto Rico, said the agency that will offer a series of data workshops in partnership with Sacred Heart University and Code 4 Puerto Rico.

“The goal is to challenge civic hackers, programmers and developers to apply multiple open datasets — using, for example, economic, environmental, social, transportation, housing, education and health care statistics — to address economic, social and sustainability challenges,” the agency noted.

The hackathon will take place Oct. 8-9 and aims to encourage the use of locally open datasets provided by the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics and the Census Bureau’s application program interfaces and City Software Development Kit, an open-source tool making datasets more accessible than ever for developers.

Additionally, the agency will participate in ¡Puerto Rico Cuenta! (“Puerto Rico Counts!”) a one-day conference about data usage that will take place Oct. 14, 2016, in partnership with the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics and the Santurce university. This event will include a series of data workshops focusing on data for public and private sectors, organizations, academia and the public.

For more information and to register for ¡Puerto Rico Cuenta!, click here.

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