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CodeAcross: Boston 2014

Join Code for Boston for a day full of civic hacking, project demos, and great discussion as we look to push beyond transparency and kick off our 2014 event schedule.

At CodeAcross, we'll be looking to introduce new members of the Boston community to civic technology and open data, show off the projects that we (and other local civic technologists) have been building, and address civic problems in the Metro Boston area through code and conversation.

In the morning, we'll have a brief information session about our local Brigade as well as the national Code for America organization, followed by a series of project demos.

In the afternoon, we'll be providing two activity tracks for CodeAcross participants: a hack track and a talk track.

The hack track is geared towards developers, designers, and others who want to roll up their sleeves and dig into some code. We have a number of in-progress Code for Boston projects to work on including Finda, Adopt-a-Tree, MA Code, Pantry Pickup, WillTheyTow.Me, and more. Participants may also pitch their own civic projects to the community.

The talk track is geared towards civic activists, researchers, academics, government folks, and other non-coders who want to learn more about open data and civic technology, and how it can have a positive impact on their local communities, organizations, or municipalities. Although we have several topics we'd like to discuss, participants are encouraged to suggest their own topics for each session.

We hope to see you there!



CodeAcross is part of a weekend of civic innovation events taking place in +60 cities in the US and across the world, sponsored by Code for America. Coinciding with International Open Data Day, the theme of CodeAcross 2014 is BEYOND TRANSPARENCY: how we can move past simply focusing on opening data, but on how we can make it actionable for use in understanding and improving our local communities. Read more about CodeAcross here.


Thank you so much to our incredibly generous sponsors!


SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

10-10:30am: Arrival & registration
10:30-11am: Introduction to Code for Boston and Code for America
11am-12pm: Demo Session 1
12-1pm: Lunch and Demo Session 2
1-1:30pm: Break
1:30-1:45pm: Activity Track
1:45-2:45pm: Session 1
2:45-3pm: Break
3-4pm: Session 2
4-5pm: Session Outputs & Wrap-up 



(Will be updated)

Find-a: Sarah Laplante, Code for Boston

Adopt-a-Tree design concepts: Joanna Kleinschmidt, Constant Contact

Civic Hacking Motivations and Identities: Tanya Stepasiuk, UMass Boston

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  • Harlan W.

    Thank you all for coming out - it was great to meet everyone! You'll be receiving more follow-ups from us in the coming days as we look to build upon the projects and conversations started at CodeAcross, but for now I have a quick request:

    If you have photos from the event, please upload them to the Meetup event so that we can better socialize the awesome work we're doing with the larger Code for America community.


    February 24, 2014

  • Sally Sharp L.

    Really enjoyed it and look forward to learning more about Code for Boston.

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be joining in attendance around noon. Looking forward to this!

    February 22, 2014

  • Captain Lyre C.

    Link to the collaborative google doc backchannel:

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Okie E.

    Will be there by 10:30

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah, sorry, just saw that I was off the waitlist, but a bit too late to make it down to Boston. I took myself off the RSVP, hope someone else can take the spot!

    February 22, 2014

  • Sarah L.

    I should arrive around 11.

    February 22, 2014

  • Vijay L.

    Sorry! Cannot make it.

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it

    February 22, 2014

  • Will S.

    People are working on WillTheyTowMe here? What time?

    February 21, 2014

    • Cristen

      We can work on it during Session 1 (1:45pm) if you're game!
      Super stoked for tomorrow!

      February 21, 2014

  • Dazza G.

    Just got a notice from MeetUp that I'm now confirmed for CodeAcross and off the waitlist! Have got booked up in the morning, but looking forward to joining in tomorrow afternoon. Cheers,
    - Dazza

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a deadline for the waitlist? I'm up in Portland, but I'd love to come down for this!

    February 21, 2014

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