Looking for something interesting to do this weekend? Well, if you're in South Florida, there's a hackathon Saturday that sounds like a great way to learn some new tools and use some interesting data

It's billed as the Public Safety Data Hackathon & FLPD Open Data Open House. The folks suggest looking at data visualization tools like Infogr.Am and TimelineJS among others. 

Here's the description from their website:

"The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is launching a portal featuring data on 911 Calls, Arrests, Incidents, Traffic Accidents, Traffic Citations and Employee Demographics. This hackathon and open data "open house" encourages journalists, software developers, students of public policy and community members to team up and create prototypes that utilize FLPD data for trend visualization, digital storytelling, web or mobile self-service apps. The top two proof-of-concept prototypes will receive modest rewards of a $100 Amazon Gift Card for 1st place, and a $75 Amazon Gift Card for 2nd place proposals.

The prototype presentations will commence at 5 pm. Working in teams is strongly encouraged, but individual prototypes will also be considered. Usage of open source platforms and tools will be commended. Journalists and reporters are invited to use FLPD data in conjunction with tools such as Infogr.Am, TimelineJS, Google Charts and other solutions which can interactively incorporate data. For questions and details, email Assia Alexandrova - aalexandrova@fortlauderdale.gov"

If you can't go, I bet the winning apps will be online somewhere. 

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