About Hack for MN 2014

June 21st & 22nd at The Nerdery

Doors Open: 9am

Event Starts: 10am

Hack for MN 2014 will be a two-day event driven by passionate and engaged citizens given the opportunity to explore and drive innovative solutions for local issues. Participants are called on to apply existing technologies or build new applications using their knowledge, ideas, public data, and collaboration. This is a weekend for new ideas, experimentation, and 21st century civic engagement.

Heading for Home - Service Design for Homeless Veterans

Open Twin Cities is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness to create a facilitated track at Hack for MN focused on ending homelessness among Minnesota veterans! Inspired by the Governor’s initiative to end homelessness among Minnesota veterans by the end of 2015, Hack for MN will feature a limited capacity, facilitated service design track in which teams of designers, developers, community partners, public servants, and stakeholders will explore the challenges homeless veterans face when attempting to access services. Through research, persona development and journey mapping, teams will identify obstacles to access and begin prototyping solutions to improve service access and delivery for homeless veterans.

Open Hack

Civic Hackers at Capitol CodeNot enough room in the Heading for Home challenge? Got other ideas or projects you want to work on? Don’t fret. Hack for MN 2014 will also feature a parallel open hackathon track - a traditional civic hackathon that:

  • Invites participants to pitch ideas for problems or projects, 
  • Encourages teams to form around those ideas, and 
  • Provides ample time and open space for teams to research, design, build, and deploy the civic tech that will address their issue

Hack'd for MN

We've heard from previous hackathon participants that they have a great time during the hackathon, but then don't know what to do afterwords. Well, we're teaming up with DevJam Studios to hold a post event discussion and happy hour to address that. Hack'd for MN will be July 8th, 5:30pm at DevJam. All Hack for MN participants will be invited to come discuss what the next steps are for your projects and ask questions of our special guests who know a thing or two about starting projects and growing organizations.

Who’s Invited?

The participants we’re hoping to attract to Hack for MN 2014 include: all interested citizens. Too broad? Ok, specific audiences we expect to be interested include: civic innovators, social entrepreneurs, business and community leaders; government officials and employees; web, graphic, UX and service designers; web, app, and software programmers and developers; and analysts and journalists. Pretty much anyone interested in making and/or keeping Minnesota an amazing place to live.

Data and Ideas

Got an idea for the open hack? Spark discussion and team formation by posting your idea to the Hack for MN Ideas Page. Everybody is encouraged to check out the Hack for MN Ideas Page to see what might be hacked on and provide feedback to make a great idea even better.

Need some idea inspiration? Not finding your passion on the Hack for MN Ideas Page? Check out the Open Twin Cities Projects Page to see ideas and projects that have been worked on at previous Minnesota civic technology events.

Civic technology often lives on the availability of open government data. Looking for a government dataset to support to support a project idea? Or you want to browse data for inspiration? Visit the Open Twin Cities Data Page to find lists and information on open data in Minnesota.


  • Meet great people with similar interests
  • Learn about available government data and what you can do with it
  • Learn about new technology and gain new skills
  • Try out a new skill – this is a low risk environment with a lot of people happy to help
  • Work with your community to address important challenges
  • Have fun (this is serious – doing good and having fun is an unbeatable combination)
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