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    And now the movement is getting its first real “hackathon” today–a half-day long event where tech-minded protesters use their coding prowess to come up with various apps to make Occupy Wall Street tactics more effective.

    You can call Occupy Wall Street, the protest that has occupied a park in lower Manhattan for the last month, a product of innumerable “hacks” of a sort.

    With outdoor cooking outlawed in the privately owned park, protesters have created a grill-free kitchen. Denied amplified sound, they have adopted “the people’s mic,” a way of passing information from speakers to the farthest protester via call and response.

    And now the movement is getting its first real “hackathon” today–a half-day long event where tech-minded protesters use their coding prowess to come up with various apps to make Occupy Wall Street tactics more effective.

    “My goal was to get people interested and get them started on building technical solutions,” said Andrew Gwozdziewycz, hackathon organizer and employee at Meetup, a company that fosters various community “meet-ups,” through a Web-based platform.

    Over the last month Occupy Together, a site running on Meetup’s platform, has evolved into one of the big online hubs for the protests, broadcasting various Occupy Wall Street-inspired events throughout the country.

    Today, one floor of Meetup New York’s loft-like Broadway headquarters around 20 blocks north of the protest at Zuccotti Park, is devoted to a dozen or so coders and their laptops.

    Gwozdziewycz, a programmer himself, is working on a project that, in his words, “de-silos” the stream of protest-related content that appears on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and other media platforms. The idea, he says, is to build a feed of aggregated data that other programmers could put to various uses.

    Read Full Article in Wall Street Journal.com

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