The #RevoltDC Hackathoners

On Saturday, aspiring entrepreneurs packed hot new DC start-up space “1776” to code up political and issue apps with data and APIs provided by high-profile sponsors, including Resonate. The hackathon, hosted by Resonate’s own Lara Aulestia and partner Andrew Hemingway, featured a mix of experienced and first-time hackathon participants, united by their love of democracy, technology, and caffeine.

The event pulled together a broad range of talent – from dark red to deep blue, entry level coders to seasoned veterans developers, and passive political observers to political junkies – to invent bottom-up citizen and voter engagement applications.

The winning team was led by Elsa Sze, a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Other prize winners included a group of students from Thomas Jefferson HS, the nation’s leading institution for science and technology, a group including school teachers wanting to help kids experience voting, and a pair who just started learning to code in the last two weeks!

The judges represented a diverse set of players from Silicon Valley to K Street: Facebook, MoDev, SalientMG, PopVox, Sunlight Foundation, GitHub, Grassloot, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the DCCC.

Resonate looks forward to continuing to support technology innovation in the DC community, including RevoltDC, by contributing expertise and data. See you at the next hackathon!

-Michael Horn | VP of Research