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From the Ted Talk by Catherine Bracy: Why good hackers make good citizens

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Now I don't want to leave the impression that civic _______ is just an American phenomenon. It's happening across the globe, and one of my ________ ________ is from Mexico City, where earlier this year, the Mexico House of _______________ entered into a contract with a software development firm to build an app that legislators would use to track bills. So this was just for the _______ of legislators in the House. And the contract was a two-year contract for 9.3 million dollars. Now a lot of people were really angry about this, especially geeks who knew that 9.3 million dollars was an absolutely outrageous amount of money for what was a very simple app. But instead of taking to the streets, they issued a challenge. They _____ programmers in Mexico to build something better and _______, and they offered a prize of 9,300 _______ — 10,000 _____ cheaper than the government contract, and they gave the entrants 10 days. And in those 10 days, they submitted 173 apps, five of which were presented to Congress and are still in the app store _____. And because of this action, that ________ was vacated, and now this has sparked a movement in Mexico City which is home to one of our partners, Code for Mexico City.

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Now I don't want to leave the impression that civic hacking is just an American phenomenon. It's happening across the globe, and one of my favorite examples is from Mexico City, where earlier this year, the Mexico House of Representatives entered into a contract with a software development firm to build an app that legislators would use to track bills. So this was just for the handful of legislators in the House. And the contract was a two-year contract for 9.3 million dollars. Now a lot of people were really angry about this, especially geeks who knew that 9.3 million dollars was an absolutely outrageous amount of money for what was a very simple app. But instead of taking to the streets, they issued a challenge. They asked programmers in Mexico to build something better and cheaper, and they offered a prize of 9,300 dollars — 10,000 times cheaper than the government contract, and they gave the entrants 10 days. And in those 10 days, they submitted 173 apps, five of which were presented to Congress and are still in the app store today. And because of this action, that contract was vacated, and now this has sparked a movement in Mexico City which is home to one of our partners, Code for Mexico City.

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