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Civic Hacking: Why does it matter?

Civic hacking has become a potent movement for engaging coders, designers, and technology professionals in challenges that matter to the community.   Computer hacking tends to have a negative connotation.  Some call civic hacking “hacking gone good” since it’s really about community service and place making. I had the good fortune to participate in the

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Trends You Need To Know from #OSCON 2014

The culture of open source continues to make an impact beyond software and programming. The ethos of open source has helped fuel the makers movement.   In the open source convention(#OSCON 2014), speakers reviewed the impact of open source in government, education, manufacturing, and making.  The OSCON event is one of the most popular forums

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10 Community Service Challenge Ideas for Civic Hackers

As I have started to share the story of the National Day of Civic Hacking with my friends, local designers, programmers and family, I commonly receive the following question:  What kinds of projects can I do? I wrote this post so that you’re not stuck with “blank paper” syndrome.   Innovation is sparked by context,

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theClubhou.se: Growing an Awesome City through a Culture of Making

Check out https://www.facebook.com/theClubhouseAugusta Maker spaces are starting all across the country providing a welcoming environment for tinkering and inventing.  In these spaces, you’ll find programmers building cool apps.   In the same space, you might find a class of young people learning how to build their first Arduino project.  You might find an inventor prototyping components

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Join the National Day of Civic Hacking

Are you a programmer, community leader, or designer wanting to make a difference?  Mark your calendars for May 31 – June 1, 2014 for the National Day of Civic Hacking, a fun weekend of community service using design, programming and technology.  Whether you’re a novice or expert, all are welcome!   Why Join the Civic Hacking Day

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10+ Lessons To Help You Grow Your Skills as a Developer

The Google Developer Group of Mercer University strives to teach web and mobile developers about the various tools Google has available to help create great products more efficiently.  GDG Macon also helps technology students at Mercer University meet developers from the local community and provide community building for Middle Georgia IT professionals. We have had

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3 Free Visual Analysis Tools to Help You Gain Insight Faster

Visual data analysis help organizations make decisions and learn faster by leveraging our natural ability to visually detect patterns quickly.This presentation reviews the motivation to visual analytics research.  We also review demo visualizations from D3JS.org, Google Charts API, and other tools. Check out D3JS.org to learn more about their awesome JavaScript visualization tools. Programmer visualization tools

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David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world. This TED talk presents a

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How might we improve the way citizens and governments interact?

If you read the news paper, it’s impossible to avoid headlines related to big issues facing our culture.   How do we value people and human life?  How do we address poverty?  How do we improve our education system to foster a culture of great teachers?   For our exceptional teachers, how do we celebrate those teachers

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Envisioning the future of education technology

Source: envisioningtech.com via Massimo on Pinterest Related posts: Starting with WHY I believe educational technology just became exponentially cooler. Thanks Google! Organization Before Innovation Can gaming have a positive impact to students? Answers from GamesForChange.org? How can YouTube support great teachers? Can we flip education? How can AI improve our organizations, schools, and families? Do

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