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Scenes from Hack for Change: Miami

Got Code? South Florida techies got their code on over the weekend at the Hack for Change: Miami event at The LAB Miami. At the same time, citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs across the nation joined forces to celebrate a National Day for Civic Hacking to create solutions using publicly-released data sets and code. Teams worked tirelessly over two days to solve challenges relevant to their communities. Here are a few scenes the event event Saturday,  thanks to Theo Karantsalis, who provided the photos and descriptions.

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COUNTING CODE: Marilyn Stephens, a data specialist with the U.S. Census, shows John Walter, a UM law student, how to aggregate census data on his smart phone. (THEO KARANTSALIS/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD)

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GOVERNMENT CHALLENGES: Richard Bookman, Senior Advisor for Program Development & Science Policy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (center) and an organizer of Hack for Change: Miami, leads a discussion on how to increase government efficiency through coding. From left, Brian Lemmerman, Dr. Sawsan Khuri, Dr. Richard Bookman, Jimmy Henriquez and Aleyda Mejia. (THEO KARANTSALIS/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD)

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 LEARNING CODE: Dolly MacIntyre, a historic preservation official with Dade Heritage Trust, writes code for a Code for America Write-a-thon with Catherine Maunder, a fifth grader, at The LAB Miami's Hack for Change event. (THEO KARANTSALIS/FOR THE MIAMI HERALD)

Hack for Change: Miami continues Sunday.  Watch Starting Gate Monday for a wrapup post as well as a wrapup post from HackaHUI in Boca Raton.

Read an advance story from the Miami Herald about the event here.