San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
WHAT: On the weekend of June 1-2, more than forty cities across the nation will host events during the 'National Day of Civic Hacking' -- a creative gathering of problem-solvers, working in collaboration with publicly-released data, code and other technology, to find new ways to understand our communities and make them better.
WHY: This event will be a great opportunity to learn, share, and "hack" -- we'll use technology, publicly available data, and entrepreneurial thinking to tackle whatever problems you think oughta be solved.
WHO: Anyone interested in improving their community -- including engineers, software developers, designers, entrepreneurs, activists, scientists, concerned residents of all kinds. The only skills required are curiosity and an interest in collaboration!
EXAMPLES OF HACKS:
- Make the DC legal code more accessible and readable!
- Build a community resource directory with information about all the social services in the District of Columbia!
- Visualize DC budget data!
- Check out the national challenges here.
Here's where we're taking notes in preparation for the event -- sign up there to get involved in advance :D
FRIDAY: DC Council - Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Rm 120 + 123)
5-8pm Hackathon pre-planning session.
SATURDAY: Google DC, 1101 New York Ave NW AND Affinity Lab, 920 U St NW
9:45AM Challenge pitches
10:30AM Teams form
11AM Start hacking!
6PM End of event
7PM After party (get tickets here!)
SUNDAY: Affinity Lab, 920 U St NW
11AM: Final day of hackathon begins
5PM: Hackathon ends!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION: I don’t know anything about computers or coding, and I've never hacked, so what can I do?
Software developers are smart folks -- but when it comes to understanding community problems and opportunities, they're not the experts. That may be where YOU come in. We need people at our table who can speak to their own interests, and set our priorities for what to hack on!
This might mean coming in and saying something like, “I wish there was a way to promote the small businesses in my community,” or, "I wish it were easier to find affordable housing."
You ask the questions, we'll work together to find the answers, and you'll test the stuff and tell us whether it works or not!
WE'LL SUPPLY: challenges, data sets, food and caffeine, child care (upon request - email firstname.lastname@example.org)
YOU BRING: skills of any kind, ideas and curiosity, collaborative spirit, and a computer (let us know if you need us to supply you with one for the day)
NOTE: Amazon is offering $100 in web services credits to all participants who sign up at least a week prior to the event. Get in there!
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