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Trailhacks Hackathon Looks to Bring Tech to the Outdoors in Leon County

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 15:06:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)- It's not often that you will get a chance to hack a local government's website, but that's exactly what Leon County and Visit Tallahassee are asking you to do at a hackathon being held at the tech incubator Domi Station this weekend. 

The goal of Trailhacks is to create new technologies for outdoor recreation in the area through the Trailahassee website, a trail and hiking resource for more than 600 miles of trails in the area.

The county is hoping to expand and improve the current website at this weekend's event. Currently it includes featured trails, interactive maps, blogs, social media features, GPS functionality and information on outfitters and associations.

"We look forward to engaging our best and brightest to make Trailahassee even better," said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long. "Trailhacks really showcases what Domi Station is all about: working as a team to come up with new, innovative ideas."

The event is open to both students and professionals. Community members from all walks of life are invited to apply, whether you are a trail aficionado, first-time hacker, or a seasoned veteran. 

The entire event will only last 32 hours, with the hacking all starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Teams will be able to work with mentors who know a thing or two about hacking to bring their creations to life. Teams can have up to four members. 

The deadline to apply is April 18 at midnight. Click here for a link to the application.