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The team behind We the People is looking for a few good coders to provide feedback and ideas around their new Petitions API

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Wanna write code in the White House? Maybe do some refactoring in the East Room? Or a little debugging in the Lincoln Bedroom (not a euphemism)? Well, then, this could be your lucky week!


Ever dream of coding in the White House?

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Peter Welsch from the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy wrote on Tuesday that Petitions, the open source project that powers, We the People, the White House’s online petition site, has completed work on version 1.0 and is moving forward with the next major version. Version 2.0 will introduce an API, to allow developers to read and write write petition data from third party sites. First up will be the Read API, to be released in March.

To help get feedback and work up some excitement around the API, they’re inviting developers to take part in a hackathon at the White House on Friday, February 22 as part of Open Data Day. They’ll be making the Read API methods available to participants beforehand.

But, here’s the rub: you can’t just show up at the White House, kick off your shoes, make yourself comfortable in the Oval Office and start coding. You’ll first need to apply by 5:00pm E.T. on Wednesday, February 6th. If they think you and your proposal are worthy, you’ll get the official invite by Friday, February 8th.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and apply! If you get chosen to participate, let us know how it goes.

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