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Code for Durham: Civic Hacking Session

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  • Caktus Group

    108 Morris St. Suite 2, Durham, NC (map)

    35.997265 -78.903580

  • Morris Street Entrance, not the side in that parking lot
  • Tonight's Agenda: 

    • 5:30-6:00p: Mingle & Intros and Project Updates. Starting intros at 5:45! 
    (Pizza & Beverages, Please contribute $4 towards food please!)

    • 6:00-6:15p: Special Announcements (Let Adam know if you want to Demo something to group)

    • 6:15-8:30p: Project Development 

    For first timers trying to get the most out of the night, you should bring your laptop, explore (& register) to get familiar with local resources and where you might want to plug in. You could also watch Civic Hacking 101, explore the U.S. Digital Services playbook for the basic principles we try to apply to every project, or get inspired by some of the Code for America 2015 Summit videos sessions with amazing speakers 

    *Attendance implies consent to our Code of Conduct.

    Highlights / Announcements

    • Want to be a civic hacking leader? We are growing and need 3 core team members as well as project leads to step up! Core team Roles include Storyteller, Event Organizer and Delivery Leads.  More descriptions here. message adam martin or colin copeland if interested. Core team members are expected to give about 10-15 hrs per month (inc. meetups), and get direct access to the Code for America network (slack channel) and an invitation to the annual CfA Summit in San Francisco! 

    MOST Active Projects: Full Project List here 

    • School Navigator (Project Lead: Jeremy Freeman, Colin C.)- Help parents or soon-to-be parents/residents navigate the Durham public school system.

    CityGram (Project Lead: Dane Summers)- Getting data about crime, building construction, road closures, etc out to the people through simple geo-based notification system to text and email.

    • Affordable Housing: (Project Lead - Ron Stebleton) Aggregating housing data for Durham area, inspired by SFdatahousinghub & Join this interest group

    Emerging projects

    • Bike Safety (Project Lead: Dane Summers)- Highlighting dangerous bike routes based on past accidents (police and user reported) to help prioritize bike infra improvements

    • Code for Durham Website Customizations (Project Lead - you?)- Updating our landing website to help us tell our story better and improve the onboarding process for new members, and align with Code for Raleigh & Code for Carry with new projects. Calling on php, css and designers to work on the emergence platform!

    What is a hacknight?

    This is a weekly project night for technologists, designers, developers, data scientists, map makers, and activists who are working on "civic technology" projects. Consider this to be a study hall or office hours to improve the city.

    This night is for those who want to:

    * get work done on civic projects

    * start a new project, or find one to join

    * get feedback from technical, government, or community experts

    * learn about tools for local empowerment, open data, smart and open government

    Bring your laptop, ideas, projects, maps, data, and questions. Collectively, we will try to answer them.

    Have fun. Do good.

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  • adam m.
    Event Host

    Open Raleigh Manager. Tech/mobile consultant and entrepreneur. Worked in federal gov on... more

  • Alex L.
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host

    Caktus person. Python developer. Interested Durham resident.

  • Colin C.
    Event Host

    Web developer interested in open data

  • Dane S.
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host

    Software developer, former Bull City Coworker, current Caktus worker.

  • Jeremy
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Laura
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host

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