Today in APIs: ProLiteracy to Host Hackathon

Proliteracy group announces hackathon in Syracuse September 13, 14. Digital rights activists to hold Wikipedia hackathon in Bogotá and Mexico City. Plus: more on Uber's new API and FDA releases a new device adverse event API.

ProLiteracy to Hold a Hackathon for Literacy

The group ProLiteracy will hold a hackathon in Syracuse, September 13,14 to leverage APIs. The focus is on international non-literacy; literacy program waiting lists; health literacy; incarceration and recidivism; and career- and college-readiness.


As Kevin Morgan, the president and CEO of ProLiteracy explained, technology is a tool for literacy:

There is a great demand in the adult literacy field for technological tools that improve access to and implementation of literacy materials and programs. ProLiteracy and its publishing division, New Readers Press, believe the impact of technology on adult literacy and basic education cannot be underestimated, and we are excited to launch what we hope will be a continued conversation about this.

But why wage a literacy campaign in one of the wealthiest countries, if not the wealthiest country in the world? It's simple. According to their website, the numbers make a compelling case: there are 36 million Americans who can't read well enough to fill out a job application. This means poverty for them, and lost opportunity for both those who can't read and the country that might benefit from their more educated contributions. The sign up and schedule is posted.

Digital Rights Activists to Hold Wikipedia "Editathon" to Improve

An "Editathon" will be held in Bogotá and Mexico City to update and upgrade content about digital rights in the Spanish Wikipedia. As Katitza Rodriquez explains in the Deep Links Blog of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the effort is designed to educate more people to edit Wikipedia:

"Editathons" are hackathons where participants edit Wikipedia entries on a given topic. The goal of this “editathon” is for people to learn how to use and improve Wikipedia articles while increasing the digital rights content on the internet encyclopedia. This event is open to the public and will likely last throughout the evening. If you are Mexican or Colombian, help us expand and improve Wikipedia on digital rights issues in Spanish!

The event is Saturday, August 23. Further information and registration is available in Spanish.

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