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National Day of Civic Hacking hits Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

When you hear the word "hacking" you often thing it's a bad thing.  But in Burlington this weekend, 50 people got together to hack for good.

It was the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking.  Technologists teamed up with non-profit and government groups all over the country to make their information more accessible to the public.  In our region, everything from preserving Vermont music, to taking information about Lake Champlain and integrating it into a popular computer game so people can explore and learn more about the lake.

"Hacking is really just tinkering -- it's taking technology and using technology to improve communities. If you've used duct tape you're a hacker. It's about playing and tinkering with technology -- that's all it is," said Bradley Holt, the local Hack Organizer.

"It's a good chance to volunteer our skills in a way that I think is highly valuable for the non-profits that needed the help today," said Becky Grenier, one of the participants at Sunday's event.

Many of the programs are still in their beginning stages and the groups plan to meet later this month to make more progress.

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