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Iconathon - Boston

Code for America

Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)

Cambridge, MA

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Please join us at the MIT Media Lab on Saturday, September 3rd for Boston's Iconathon! Held in collaboration between Code for America & The Noun Project, Boston's event will focus on designing new public domain symbols for Education.


Iconathon will begin with insightful presentations from the following speakers: Topic of Education - Lee McGuire, Chief Communications Officer, Boston Public Schools and Deb Socia, Executive Director of OpenAirBoston.  Topic of Design - Kristy Tillman, Communication Designer at IDEO and Edward Boatman, Co-Founder and Creative Director of The Noun Project.  After a quick sponsored lunch we will host design charrettes where designers, educators, developers, and anyone who is passionate about civic design will brainstorm and sketch symbols that visually represent concepts frequently needed in civic design.   More details available at Iconathon.org.

Complimentary coffee in the morning and pizza for lunch will be provided thanks to the generous support of the MIT Center for Civic Media

Tentative Schedule of the Day

10:00am Check-in

10:30am Presentations on topics of Education and Graphic Design for Symbols

11:30pm Lunch sponsored by MIT Center for Civic Media

12:00pm Design Charrettes

2:00pm Group Presentations of sketches & ideas


What to Bring

We will have an assortment of essential creative art materials, but if you have art supplies you can't live without (special pencils, notebooks, laptop, etc), please bring them.  Laptops are very helpful with doing research on icons during the event.


Who Should Attend

If you have a passion for bringing new civic symbols into the world, giving back to your city and being creative and collaborative with others - you should come to this Iconathon.

We are inviting designers, design students, city employees, people from various organizations, professors, developers, cartographers and others.

This is a design & drawing focused event. However it is not necessary that you be a skilled artist to attend (check out blog post "But I can't Draw!").


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MIT Media Lab
75 Amherst Street
5th floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

Saturday, September 3, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EDT)


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