Past Meetup

Portland Civic Hack Night @ Peloton Labs

This Meetup is past

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Every 2nd Tuesday of the month

Peloton Labs Coworking

795 Congress St · Portland, ME

How to find us

Peloton Labs is the red, modern building at the corner of Congress and Bramhall, knock on the glass if the door isn't open!

Location image of event venue


This month:
It's election season! Hear a pitch from activist Jon Torsch on Portland's Question 2 and the opportunity to create an open campaign finance database for municipal candidates, and another perspective from Ali Cleveland of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE).

6-6:10 welcomes and introductions
6:10-6:20 brief presentation by Jon and Ali
6:20-6:30 brief member discussions about project progress
6:30-8pm talk more with Jon about his project
work on whatever you'd like to work on
(There are four new projects since last month! Catch up on the Slack!)

• What we'll do
Once a month we gather to discuss and build civic technology at Peloton Labs.

What is civic technology?
Civic technology is the practice of applying rapid prototyping and user centered design to solve civic problems such as voting, budgeting, parking, transit, community engagement, etc., (to name just a few). Civic technologists believe that government services can be efficient, equitable, and open.

Everyone is welcome from all backgrounds and skill levels. We suggest bringing a laptop if you think you'd like to dive in on a project. We share what we are working on at the beginning of each Meetup and introduce all attendees to our Code of Conduct and meeting style. We then have a short featured speaker and a discussion. Project teams are invited to work after the featured speaker, if they like.

Food? Yes. We will provide vegetarian and non-veg food. You are more than welcome to bring snacks to share.

PelotonLabs is a coworking space in the West End of Portland, Maine dedicated to connecting and encouraging people who are stepping out of traditional modes of employment so they can improve their lives and contribute to the world around them. More info:

So, come hack your city! Everyone is welcome.

• What to bring
laptops are encouraged but not required

• Important to know
We are building our new website:
From there, you can find info to sign up with us on Slack, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and get to our GitHub repository.

Have you learned about the Code for America brigade program? check out this video summary: