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Askers Hack for City of Oakland

By askdotcom // June 2nd, 2014

As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, Ask.com’s Chuck Smith and David Morgan participated in the annual Oakland Answers event this weekend. 

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Oakland Answers is a hack-a-thon to develop web pages that quickly and easily answer Oakland residents’ questions about the City of Oakland (think “Where can I register to vote?”, “Where can I pay my parking ticket?”). There’s also have a write-a-thon where teams come up with potential questions from the community and then write quality answers to those questions. Ask.com does exactly this for our 100 million global users each month - we just had to lend a helping hand to our local community. 

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And the community certainly came together. Together over 80 attendees submitted 108 Questions & Answers to increase the Answers databank by 50%. Now the citizens of Oakland have easy access to questions around parking, cycling, the dreaded DMV and much more. 

Looking forward to next year!

-Ask.com

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Go Fish!

By askdotcom // May 20th, 2014

Last week, Ask and Dictionary.com employees teamed up with the East Bay Regional Park District for a sunny day of fishing and activities for special needs children.

We joined about 130 kids at Lake Temescal for face painting, arts and crafts, and of course, fishing! This was our 9th year participating in the Fishing Derby, and we can’t wait until next year! 

-Ask.com

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