We're switching things up for our November meetup in a joint event with Code for Philly. Not a coder? No problem. Don't want to learn to code? That's fine too. This is an opportunity for the people designing and building projects for civic good to meet with the people who will use the projects, or start their own. Participants with all levels of tech knowledge are welcome.
Civic hacking is a way for private citizens, social change agents, and government to come together and use technology to make the places we live better. Our local group of civic hackers, Code for Philly, meets weekly to work on projects on everything from biking to education to public health. And it's not just programmers - effective projects involve community members, subject matter experts, data specialists, designers, and others.
Join us to hear about Code for Philly's current projects (some of which might be useful for you right now), to learn how to get involved in a project related to your cause, or even to find out how to get started on a project of your own. If you want to get your hands dirty, a laptop is recommended - although, of course, you're always welcome to participate with or without a computer. If you want to learn how to code, we can point you to some resources to get you started. If you've got an idea, we can help you talk it through. If you have some specific skills you'd like to lend to a project, we can help you find one. If you just want to see what these kinds of working meetings look like, we can help you find a seat.
6pm - Doors & seats open
6:30pm - An overview of civic hacking and demos of current projects
7pm - Break into groups working on existing projects or start a new one! This is a hands-on meeting.
9pm - Quitting time
*Note* RSVPs are not required, but they are definitely appreciated!