Apps for Activists: Hackathon Prep

June 1-2, 2013 is National Day of Civic Hacking.  A common problem with Hackathons is that people without programming skills get left behind due to the pressure of having to build something in such a short amount of time.  However, the development of technologies for social good are greatly enhanced when they can be designed in concert with the communities that will eventually use them.

In order to reach a compromise between these two competing interests,  Civic Lab is going to be holding a few workshops leading up to National Day of Civic Hacking for technologists and community groups to meet and develop some ideas so that on the NDoCH they can hit the ground running.  Participation in NDoCH is not a requirement for these workshops, the skills will be discussing will be useful for everyone.

In the first of this series, we'll start right at the beginning - meeting people.  Greg Baugues from Table XI will be giving a talk on "How To Be The Most Interesting Man In The World", a guide for the socially awkward to hack face to face conversations by treating them as an engineering challenge.  We'll also take a look at a short video of a TED talk by Amy Smith of MIT's D-Lab to see what we can learn from her experience designing a cheap, simple, and practical tool for turning farm waste into clean-burning fuel; a tool that can help prevent the deaths of more than 2 million children who die from indoor cooking fumes each year.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I missed this - it sounds like a great meet up. Will definitely plan on coming to the next one!

    April 4

  • Tushar S.

    Good stuff ... I think this kind of initial exploratory meet should happen fairly frequently until some concrete ideas appear.

    Also--I don't know if this is the right place to mention this, but I hope the the 3D printing demo happens soon ...

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The people were friendly and welcoming. I feel like I learned something new and made some new friends. A great experience - thanks!

    March 28, 2013

  • Gabriel C.

    Awesome meeting, I'm looking forward to the next one, next steps in raising epicness!

    March 27, 2013

  • Pradeep S B

    this IOT developer is in !

    March 22, 2013

  • Tushar S.

    The space sounds familiar.

    2 · March 19, 2013

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