The Citizens Campaign is excited to join as a  co-sponsor of New Jersey's first ever hack-a-thon, "Hack Jersey" this January 25-27th at Montclair State University.

The hackathon will bring New Jersey journalists and coders together, to compete to building innovative projects that can transform the way we use data and experience news in the Garden State.

Hackathon's have proven to be great forums for developing innovative community solutions using public data.  At a hackathon in Montreal, a team developed a program designed to track corportate influence in government. In New York City, a team created an application to track public records requests. The Citizens Campaign is excited to see what New Jersey's best and brightest develop.

The NJ News Commons is the lead sponsor, and will be holding the hack weekend at Montclair State University. There will be a party for participants on Friday, Jan. 25. The next morning, they’ll break into teams and have 24 hours to create their own open source projects. A panel of media and tech judges will choose the winners on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27.

To keep up with the latest details on the event, follow Hack Jersey on Twitter @hackjersey, and sign up on their website, www.hackjersey.com, to get on their mailing list.