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What we’re about

CivicTechWR is a community group that brings together people from different sectors and backgrounds to actively solve civic challenges facing our local community using design and technology. We are part of a larger network of Civic Tech groups across Canada, loosely coordinated by Code for Canada. We welcome everyone who is interested in better understanding and finding solutions to civic challenges through technology, design or other innovative means. People of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to participate. 

CivicTechWR Hacknights

We meet every Wednesday from 6-8pm at Den1880, but there's no obligation to come every week. This is a typical hacknight schedule:

6:00 - 6:20pm: Welcome & introductions
Come find us in the Boardroom and make yourself comfortable as we do a round of introductions. You're welcome to bring food or drinks (but please clean up after yourself).

6:20 - 6:40pm: Project pitches
Do you have a project idea? Is there a civic issue you're curious/concerned about? The floor is open to anyone who wants to pitch to the group. Tell us what you want to do and what kind of help you're looking for.

6:30 - 7:40pm: Breakout groups
Decide which project interests you and join that breakout group. As a team, you decide where to take it from there.

7:40 - 8:00pm: Progress report
We'll reconvene and give each group a chance to report back on their progress. Then we'll reset the room before leaving.

OPTIONAL post-hacknight hangout
If anyone is interested we can head over to Abe Erb to keep the conversations going!

About once a month we have speaker sessions. During our speaker sessions, we host a leader from the community to speak to the group. This could be someone from a local non-profit, from government, from industry, or any citizen - what matters is that they have something to share with our group, something to teach us, or something to inspire us.

Code of Conduct

At Civic Tech Waterloo, we are committed to fostering a respectful and inclusive environment for all participants, regardless. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind, including verbal abuse, intimidation, or bias based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristic.
If something or someone is making you feel uncomfortable, please reach out to one of our organizers so we can address this.

Notice of Photography and Filming
Please note that photography and video filming will take place during this event for promotional and archival purposes. The photographs and recordings made are likely to appear on our social media, website, printed and online publicity, press releases or funding applications.

If you don't want to be photographed or recorded, please inform one of our organizers. Otherwise, by attending this event, you consent to such recording media and its release, publication, exhibition or reproduction.

Do you have more questions?
Feel free to reach out by email at or join us on Slack via this invite link.

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