Code Michigan Coming to NMU
NMU is one of three locations statewide that will host a Code Michigan civic coding event. Software developers, including NMU students and employees, are invited to build mobile/web applications for the opportunity to win cash prizes. NMU’s event begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and runs through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Jamrich Hall.
Civic coding is the act of creating software that promotes government transparency, citizen engagement, government efficiency, public policy and economic development. The first-ever Code Michigan was held in Detroit last year. Only 65 slots are available for each of the three locations this year. Prizes are $5,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $500 for third. All applications must incorporate an open application programming interface (API) from the State of Michigan.
The first-place winners from Marquette, Detroit and Newaygo will advance to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and 30 minutes to pitch their winning idea to the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund. Individuals can register or view more information on the coding event and available data sources at www.codemichigan.com.
“Code Michigan is an exciting opportunity for civic-minded developers and designers to help reinvent Michigan’s government by creating mobile and web apps for the public good,” said David Behen, director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what our competitors develop this year.”
Behen added that Code Michigan will allow the state to get more applications developed than it could ever afford to develop on its own. Similar events have also resulted in the creation of new companies, which means new jobs for the state.