Hackers set their sights on making Augusta a better place to live

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, June 1, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's on a sidewalk full of fun in a not-so-thriving part of downtown.

The Super Happy Block Party went on all day Saturday, bringing a melting pot of creativity and ideas to the table.

Those ideas were thought up by hackers -- the good kind, of course -- all to make living easier for people in Augusta.

"It was really neat to see a little bit of community just form out of nothing," said Jennifer Sparling, who lives and works in downtown Augusta.

She's feeling the energy.

A different feel than what Augusta has felt like for the last month with weekend after weekend of violence.

"I think that there's hope, a lot of potential," she said.

A place she's always supported through the good times and the bad.

"A lot of local businesses, that's something I think is very important is to support your community," Sparling said.

Businesses like the ClubHou.se, a tech company that's trying to rejuvenate all of Augusta, especially downtown.

One of the focuses today was giving the community a voice.

"We want to make it easy for people to go out and be a part of the community," said Eric Parker, co-founder of the Clubhou.se.

They use public information to create applications and projects for easier living in Augusta.

"We're able to find out interesting things, like the downtown central business district is a food desert, and there's no access to fresh food in this area," he said.

What did they do? They decided to build a community garden for anyone to pick from, whenever they wanted.

"You're walking down the street and you want a tomato, then there's one there," he explained.

It's just one of the many projects they've created using public information.

And Sparling is all on board with the idea.

"It would be great to have community access to certain things like food," she said.