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Louisville’s Civic Data Alliance to hold Civic Hacking Event at American Printing House for the Blind on February 21: Coders Needed

Louisville is one of dozens of cities hosting Code for America’s Civic Hacking Weekend for 2015, called CodeAcross. Civic Data Alliance and American Printing House for the Blind (APH) are seeking those interested in coding and Open Data to come to APH February 21 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and use their expertise to work on enhancing an app for people who are blind. Those who participate can expect a day of programming, design, mapping, and collaboration. They will learn how to mass import buildings and addresses into Open Street Map, and do it.

Data gathered that day will be used to for Nearby Explorer™ An Android app designed by APH. The app empowers users who are blind or visually impaired to independently explore, discover, and enjoy their neighborhoods, in Louisville and other cities throughout the nation– and beyond– with poise and confidence.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so only the first 50 people to register may attend. We ask people to sign up by noon, Thursday, February 19 so we can make sure we have enough resources (and food) on hand to make the day flow smoothly. Sign up at

The American Printing House for the Blind is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky 40206,

Project Background

Organizer: Civic Data Alliance CDA

About the American Printing House for the Blind

The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is the world’s largest nonprofit company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind or visually impaired. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest organization of its kind in the United States. Under the 1879 federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind, APH is the official supplier of educational materials for visually impaired students in the U.S. who are working at less than college level. APH was recently named Kentucky Mid-sized Manufacturer of the year.

APH makes textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats. APH also makes hundreds of educational, recreational, and daily living products including computer software and an array of assistive technology items.

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. is located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, call (502) 895-2405 or log on to