What we're about

Civic Makers Melbourne (https://codeforaustralia.org/civic-makers/) is a collective of people using their skills to create things for the public good. Sometimes this involves tech, sometimes community organising, sometimes it's just talking about and understanding a problem from different points of view.

We bring government and not-for-profits together with community to keep conversations and actions grounded. Anyone who is interested in collaboration and making progress on big issues is welcome to join us!

A huge thank you to the Telematics Trust (https://telematics.org.au/) for supporting the launch of Civic Makers, and funding our first year of activities.

Upcoming events (1)

Civic Makers Melbourne #5

Coder Academy

Civic Makers Melbourne is a community event, led by Code for Australia. Following on from our previous sessions, we'll continue to share what we know for each problem area teams are working on and look at ways we can find out more. At the moment, there are clusters around the following areas: • Healthy and Resilient Communities • Environment and Sustainability • Homelessness and Affordable Housing The night will be a mix of facilitated activities, group time and downtime where you can chat with others, or stick by the food. This event is open for everyone who is interested in using their skills (whatever they may be - this is definitely not just for tech people) to achieve social good. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WHAT IS CIVIC MAKERS? Around the world and in our own backyards, we've seen communities come together to hack for good and create something from nothing. While we admire these efforts, we know that real, sustainable change takes more than 48 hours, and that it takes a diversity of skills (not just coding and design) to create awesome things. So we're making a space for people to come together, to better understand the challenges that face our city from multiple angles (government, not-for-profits and communities), and work on things to change the status quo. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW? To check out what happened at the first few MeetUps - head over to the message board for our wrap ups and links to our working files. You can also access the public folder for the group here: bit.ly/Civic-Makers-MEL You can also join the conversation on the Code for Australia Slack (under the #civic-makers channel): bit.ly/CfA-Slack You don't need to know anything before you show up on the night, but if you want to do any pre-reading, everything is available to you. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WHAT HAPPENS? • 5:30pm - 5:45pm | Arrivals, hellos, people hiding by the food • 5:45pm - 7:15pm | Working together + making plans (featuring food) • 7:15pm - 7:30pm | Wrapping up + chatting to new friends + tidying up We try to keep it short and sweet - it is a Wednesday after all! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? • In order to keep waste to a minimum, please bring your reusable drink bottle (or any other beverage holder of choice). • We provide delicious catering to keep your mind fuelled and tummy full. We have a habit of over-catering, so please bring a container if you want to take food home with you! • Anything else that helps you do your best work. Some people bring notebooks and devices, some just show up. Everything is cool. We have pens and paper and whiteboards for doodling / note taking. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ACCESSIBILITY & INCLUSION Like all Code for Australia events, we are committed to creating safe spaces that everybody feels safe and supported in. We have a Code of Conduct which you can check out here: http://bit.ly/Code-Code If you have any questions or considerations for us to know about your participation in this event, please email Grace ([masked]) and let us know. We want to make these events as inclusive and welcoming as possible for everyone. We are so grateful to be holding these events on the lands of the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nation. We wish to pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge that this beautiful land, which many of us now call home, was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.

Past events (4)

Civic Makers Melbourne #4

Coder Academy

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