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
- Contribute to Your Community: The news is filled with challenges and problems that face our nation, state, and local communities. On this weekend of community service, technologists across the nation join forces to grow our communities and prototype solutions.
- Learning by Doing: I greatly appreciate that the “National Day of Civic Hacking” is open to everyone! You do not need to be an expert in technology to be a part of the event. The event is an fruitful opportunity to learn from community designers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and programmers. Since the event only lasts one or two days, teams design very simple solutions to a focused challenge. The weekend time bounds create an intense and fun learning experience. You learn innovation by doing it.
- Network with Creative Designers, Programmers, and Leaders: Creatives love to share their craft. The Civic Hacking Day provides an opportunity for you to get inspired by new ideas, new design techniques, novel tools, and positive social connections.
- Gain Insight into Community Challenges: The event shines a light on civic challenges and open data. Collaborating with other innovators in your area, you get to study of problems in your community that YOU care about.
- Experience the Creative Process: The 1 or 2 day time box forces teams to explore simple solutions. Teams will need to focus on one problem, brainstorm potential solutions, prototype a solution, and pitch the idea to your peers. This is a weekend of action and focused creativity.
As I reflect upon the past year, I feel like I’m still accomplishing the vision of Changella website by mentoring our local Mercer University Google Developer Group. I love teaching the craft of software and web development. It has been fun to challenge our group to think about software as a means of positive change. Technology is not an end.
How Do I Get Involved?
To learn more about the event get involved, visit the following website. Events are organized across the country.
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