The Offices of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) today announced the first-ever Congressional Facebook Developer Hackathon that will take place on December 7, 2011 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, D.C. The event will bring together a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, Congressional staffers, Facebook developers, and digital innovators to explore the potential connections between legislative data, constituent correspondence, and social media.
Leader Cantor stated, "As social media increasingly plays a central role in all areas of our everyday life, it is essential that Congress fully incorporate these platforms into its daily operations. Software developers, designers and program engineers have a unique opportunity to help us improve the legislative process resulting in more citizen engagement, and we are very excited about working together and getting started."
Whip Hoyer stated, "Americans have a right to petition government, and new online technologies are giving that right exciting new possibilities. Members of Congress have a duty to embrace these technologies to make the legislative process as open and accessible as possible. We welcome the help and advice of industry leaders like Facebook, as well as individuals and academics who have innovative ideas on how to do so."