Hacking, once a hobby solely for computer experts, has gone mainstream. This Saturday and Sunday, LAB Miami is hosting Hack for Change, a "National Day for Civic Hacking" that's also happening simultaneously in other cities across the country.
These hackers, however, won't be busting into the FBI website and adding handlebar mustaches to the faces of America's Ten Most Wanted. Instead, they'll be making the world a better place.
Government and corporate websites have increasingly made information more accessible to the public in the spirit of transparency. This weekend, hackers will use that info and apply it to a social problem, in the hopes of finding a solution.
Daniel LaFuente, COO and CFO of LAB Miami, explains, "Some people complain about the lack of access to fresh, local produce. Farmer's Markets complain [about] their troubles in attracting customers. So The USDA has created a challenge to create an interactive Farmer's Market Directory to support local agriculture and healthy eating."