Rivcodes means "Riverside County Developer Event" and refers to our application programming event (Hackathon) that we are having to create applications based on open data. App contests have become popular fueled by President Obama's Open Data policy and the need for better ways to communicate with citizens. Examples of applications that have been created at other agencies are: "Where to find services", submitting a crime tip to the Sheriff's department, reporting potholes, a checkbook showing how the County spends money, and many others.
One day… one goal…and many ideas! Learn about local government and the services that are provided and determine how you can make a difference. Join your peer designers, software developers, and innovators and participate in a day of fun, food, and technology. Using Riverside County datasets, build, design, create, and share new concepts and apps that will improve civic engagement. Submitted apps can run on the web, or on mobile devices. Take home one of many awesome prizes for creating the best app and/or innovative concept. Who knows – your ideas and initiative could spawn the next successful technology startup, or launch your career in public office! Tap the power of community creativity, technology and government transparency – and let the ideas flow!
The purpose of SAM is to introduce a character that can filter the techno-babble and clearly explain upcoming RCIT projects so our customers and constituents can better understand and see the benefits of the new products and technologies we will be implementing. We are seeking to develop new ways to communicate with our constituents, provide easier tools to find out information about the county and easier ways to do business with the county. SAM represents RCIT’s goals to be Simple, be Aware and be Mobile.
Simple: Make technology simple so it works for you.
Aware: Information that is relevant to you and others.
Mobile: Bringing the solutions to you wherever you need them
Additionally, we will attempt to incorporate the County’s goals of being business friendly, safe and healthy whenever possible. Sam’s job is to inform and entertain. SAM will make it easy, every step of the way by communicating in simple, easy to understand language on complex technical topics.
The hackathon will help SAM show Riverside County’s commitment to technology, increase awareness around open data, reach out to citizens and allow them use of public data.