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National Day of Civic Hacking 2015

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Michelle H.


Hello Tucson! It's time again for our annual blowout civic hacking event! This is an all-day event for you to pitch your idea to help make Tucson a better place, or help someone else make their idea a reality!

Check out for more info on the nation-wide effort.

See our hackpad ( for the latest details on our local event. This is also where we'll be working during the day.


Do I have to be a coder to attend?
No way! All humans welcome, and all humans can contribute their unique skills.

Do I have to stay all day?
Nope! Stay as long as you like, but we'd love to have you all day.

Will there be food?
Yes! Breakfast and lunch.

Will there be prizes?
Heck yeah! Prizes in several categories, too (again, you don't have to be a coder to participate)

How about some themes?
You can work on anything you like, but we're in particular encouraging focus on:

  • Economic development
  • Climate
  • Mapping

Can't wait to see you!


We've got an agenda now along with some suggested projects!


  • 8:00am Check-in and mingle, breakfast
  • 8:40am Welcome
  • 9:00am Keynote and Kick-off
    Kelland Thomas ( a musician, artist, and educator. Kelland is Interim Director of the School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts (SISTA) (, where he is also director of the Creative Coding Lab ( In 2014, he was appointed to the faculty advisory board of the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry (
  • 9:15am Pitch Ideas
  • 10:00am Team Formation and Start Work!
  • Noon Lunch
  • Afternoon Crunch time
  • 5:00pm Pencils Down, Demo Time!
  • 5:45pm Judging and Prizes Announced!
  • 6:00pm Group Photo ;)


Open Data City Sustainability Solutions ( Can you create an application leveraging the U.S. Census Bureau’s City SDK ( that addresses an integrated sustainability problem in your city? Integrated sustainability problems may include a mix of Economic, Environmental, Social, Cultural, Housing themes.

Service for Homeless Tucsonans ( In pre-event brainstorming, lots of people had ideas on how to address the needs of the homeless in Tucson. Jump to the project hackpad ( for more info on specifics. This project will focus on one or part of those ideas and get started!

LEAF ( (Linking Edible Arizona Forests) is a project that allows the community to get involved with planting, conserving, and using edible trees in Arizona. LEAF on the UA Campus is with the statewide LEAF Network. UA LEAF focuses on harvesting and using fruit from the University of Arizona Campus.

Mapping America ( For your community, what maps would help explain and communicate issues facing your neighbors? What specific data can be collected, shared in OpenStreetMap, and extracted for a dynamic growing picture? Modeling after CoffeeDex and OpenTrails, define needed data, build a collection interface, collect some data, and present.

....PLUS your idea! Come and pitch us another project on Saturday.

17 E Pennington St · Tucson, AZ