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About the event:

This is NYC’s first civic hacknight for women, by women. Come learn about the civic hacker movement from skilled female civic hackers and engineers.

No previous experience with civic hacking is required, but if you have a project or an idea for a project, bring it.

IF you want to share your project, add it to BetaNYC's project ideas board (, visit (


6:30 - DOORS OPEN for drinks and socializing


7:00 - Group introduction facilitated by Yasi ( and Alexandra (

7:00 - 8:00 - Civic hacking viewpoints by selected guests (5 min presentations)

8:00 - 9:00 - Project hacking

9:00 - Goodbyes


Ariel Kennan

Ariel Kennan will share her work with Code for America in Kansas City and the app her team created, (, a solution to small business digital literacy.


Drupal ( and CiviCRM ( developer and online strategist who enjoys helping progressive causes increase the effectiveness of their outreach and leverage technology to create change. Will present side project MoveMyCar (

Linda Peng

Linda is a developer at (, civic hacker, and recently won the Best News-related App at the NY Times Open Hack Day ( for her hack: NYT Bill Explorer (

Kara Chesal

This Fall Innovate NYC Schools led the School Choice Design Challenge (SCDC), a competition for software developers to design applications that will assist students and families during the high school choice process. Six chosen startups were given access to the Department of Education’s (DOE) extensive data on over 400 high schools through the DOE's first public API created by Pediacities. The startups then each used this information to create a unique software application that helps families search and navigate the high school directory to find the schools right for them. The API links the high school directory information to other school data and NYC open datasets. By making the API public, the DOE hopes to spur the creation of more applications, additional research, and innovation.

Julia Marden

Julia Marden of DataKind ( considers herself a community manager and librarian. DataKind is a community of talented, pioneering data scientists, changemakers, and community builders.

Note on getting into the event:

- Bring photo ID.

- In order to be able to go to the 6th floor space, you must RSVP to the meetup before the day of the event so that we can provide security with you name.

What is a hacknight?

A civic hack night is a safe space* event that brings together an interdisciplinary group of community makers** to meet regularly and collaborate on software and policy projects at the intersection of government and civic engagement.

* Safe space ( – A place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourages everyone to respect others.

** Community Makers ( – tinkerers, designers, software developers, data scientists, technical project or product managers, policy makers, lawyers, activists, non-governmental organizations, and government representatives.

Note: This hacknight operates under Chatham House Rules ( to ensure free flowing and respectful dialogue between the public and government officials in attendance.