Women's Civic Hacknight

  • December 11, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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About the event:

This is NYC’s first civic hacknight for women, by women. Come learn about the civic hacker movement from skilled female civic hackers and engineers.

No previous experience with civic hacking is required, but if you have a project or an idea for a project, bring it.

IF you want to share your project, add it to BetaNYC's project ideas board, visit http://betanyc.ideascale.com.


6:30 - DOORS OPEN for drinks and socializing 


7:00 - Group introduction facilitated by Yasi and Alexandra 

7:00 - 8:00 - Civic hacking viewpoints by selected guests (5 min presentations)

8:00 - 9:00 - Project hacking

9:00 - Goodbyes


Ariel Kennan

Ariel Kennan will share her work with Code for America in Kansas City and the app her team created, BizFriend.ly, a solution to small business digital literacy. 


Drupal and CiviCRM developer and online strategist who enjoys helping progressive causes increase the effectiveness of their outreach and leverage technology to create change. Will present side project MoveMyCar.

Linda Peng

Linda is a developer at MoveOn.org, civic hacker, and recently won the Best News-related App at the NY Times Open Hack Day for her hack: NYT Bill Explorer.

Kara Chesal 

This Fall Innovate NYC Schools led the School Choice Design Challenge (SCDC), a competition for software developers to design applications that will assist students and families during the high school choice process. Six chosen startups were given access to the Department of Education’s (DOE) extensive data on over 400 high schools through the DOE's first public API created by Pediacities. The startups then each used this information to create a unique software application that helps families search and navigate the high school directory to find the schools right for them. The API links the high school directory information to other school data and NYC open datasets. By making the API public, the DOE hopes to spur the creation of more applications, additional research, and innovation. 

Julia Marden

Julia Marden of DataKind considers herself a community manager and librarian.  DataKind is a community of talented, pioneering data scientists, changemakers, and community builders.

Note on getting into the event:

- Bring photo ID.

- In order to be able to go to the 6th floor space, you must RSVP to the meetup before the day of the event so that we can provide security with you name.

What is a hacknight?

A civic hack night is a safe space* event that brings together an interdisciplinary group of community makers** to meet regularly and collaborate on software and policy projects at the intersection of government and civic engagement.

Safe space – A place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourages everyone to respect others.

** Community Makers – tinkerers, designers, software developers, data scientists, technical project or product managers, policy makers, lawyers, activists, non-governmental organizations, and government representatives.

Note: This hacknight operates under Chatham House Rules to ensure free flowing and respectful dialogue between the public and government officials in attendance.


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  • Noel Hidalgo | B.

    For those of you who attended, thank you. For those of you who might have showed up at Patch.com / 6th ave, we're sorry. Two weeks ago, we had changed the event's location and it appears that the event update didn't go out properly. We are sorry for this.

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This it was awesome. Thank you gals!

    December 12, 2013

  • Sonya R.

    This was great, I was so disappointed I had a prior commitment and had to leave early! I would love to continue this as a gateway to getting more trans folks and women to the betanyc hacknights. Yay to the women/trans caucus. :)

    December 12, 2013

  • Ariel

    Thanks to Alex and Yasi (and Noel) for hosting! Great event and so nice to meet a big group of civic ladies. Hope to see you all again soon!

    2 · December 12, 2013

  • Julia M.

    Kudos to Alex and Yasi for a great event!

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for a great presentation Julia!

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Lucia G.

    Awesome safe space for women, hackers and non hackers alike!

    2 · December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Social worker turned aspiring developer.

    2 · December 11, 2013

  • Georgia B.

    Hi all! I'm sorry, but I think I'm going to have to miss this... too much happening this week and can't be everywhere at once.

    Can't wait for the next one!!

    December 10, 2013

  • fureigh

    This is so exciting! Is the event open to trans people? I hope so, but I want to be sure I'm describing and promoting it accurately.

    November 19, 2013

    • Noel Hidalgo | B.

      Saikiran, Brandon is a sponsor of the night and representing HuffPost labs. Do you work for HuffPost Labs? Email me and lets chat [masked]

      December 6, 2013

    • Saikiran Y.

      Oh that makes sense. No I don't work for HuffPost, sorry.

      December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please email me at [masked] if you have a project you'd like to present!

    November 21, 2013

  • Martha G.

    Dang. I can't go now because I am hosting an author at the Hoboken Makerbar. Sort of a nice problem to have...but still...

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Martha G.

    Passed this along to the Girl Develop IT Python class I am taking...

    3 · November 7, 2013

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