National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action where developers, government employees, designers, journalists, data scientists, non-profit employees, UX designers, and residents who care about their communities come together to host civic tech events leveraging their skills to help their community.
NOTE: We have a National Day of Civic Hacking Prep Event happening at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 1. We'll have the experts there to get you up to speed on the challenge, and you can form teams and start work! Don't miss it! RSVP here!
The Theme: Revitalizing Priority Neighborhoods
Sacramento is an economically and culturally diverse city that can also lay claim to being the most integrated city in the country. Residents from all walks of life live and work in close proximity to each other and share, to a certain extent, the ups and downs of the city together. However, Sacramento’s integration, including its economic integration, is far from complete. While the city’s fortunes have risen in recent years, the benefits of this rise have not permeated every community. At the same time, the city’s primary tool for promoting the development of its disadvantaged communities--redevelopment--was stripped by the state in recent years.
You can help Sacramento revitalize its priority neighborhoods by creating:
Tools to help decisionmakers better understand, visualize, and prioritize the challenges faced by the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Sacramento.
Streamlined processes for creating new businesses that provide jobs in these communities.
Better ways to connect disadvantaged residents, including homeless residents, with services they need.
Methods that help residents communicate to decisionmakers their needs, ideas, and desires for their communities.
Participants can take part in a number of official national and state challenges that align with the theme of Revitalizing Priority Neighborhoods.
Promise Zone Challenge: Serving as the central organizing challenge for the day, the White House's Promise Zone Challenge asks teams to visualize data to help tell the story of Promise Zones.
Opportunity Project Challenge: This challenge asks teams to use Census data to increase opportunity in disadvantaged communities.
Food Insecurity Challenge: This challenge, from the State of California, asks teams to create an actionable picture of food insecurity in communities and build solutions to tackle the issue.
Community Health Needs and Priorities Challenge: This challenge, also from the State of California, asks teams to develop a tool to help communities create a dialogue with government around health and wellbeing needs and priorities.
You can use any freely available open data in your solution. We have an ever-expanding list of suggested resources over at our Github repository for the event.
In addition to the knowledge that you have helped improve your community, one lucky team will walk away with $1,000 from the City of Sacramento for the best use of open data to promote the revitalization of priority neighborhoods.
June 1, 7:00pm Prep event. RSVP here!
9:30am Check-in begins: Breakfast and Networking
10:00am Welcome and Keynote Speakers
10:40am Event Overview, Resources and Q&A
11:00am Team Formation and Begin Hacking
Noon Lunch served, Continue Hacking...
5:45pm Winners Announced
Thank you to our awesome sponsors!