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Civic Hacknight, A night for projects & code. (w/ a NYC 311 focus)

Note! This hacknight is in support of Reinvent 311: Mobile Content Challenge. You do not need to compete in the Reinvent 311 challenge to attend.


THIS JUST IN - Cindy Zweier, NYC 311's Digital Librarian and Content Management Analyst, give a short talk on how 311 content is created and maintained. She will be around to answer your questions on how 311 operators retrieve and answer questions!!


This night is designed for individuals and teams who have projects and want to work on them together. This night is designed for individuals or teams with advanced projects to code/hack together. 

Additionally, if you have NYC 311 projects or expertise we would love for you to bring them. By the time this hacknight rolls around there should be a special announcement from NYC311. 

In general, bring your projects and code. Then, let's hack together! This night is for projects in development. If you don't have a project or code to work on, you might want to skip this night.

IF you want to help add to BetaNYC's project ideas board, visit


Schedule for the night

7:00 - 7:15 - Introductions and Announcements*

* Special guest from NYC 311 content team.

7:15 - 9:00 - Open Hacking. We will break out into multiple rooms and work on our respective projects. 

9:00 - Clean up and closing insights.


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.



Purpose creates 21st century movements. We deploy the collective power of millions of citizens and consumers to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We develop and launch our own social and consumer movements using our model of movement entrepreneurship, and we work with organizations and progressive companies to help them mobilize large-scale, purposeful action.

They maintain the Purpose Platform, an open source ruby/rails project where participants can spin up quickly and use to add campaigning functionality to their projects.

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  • Jonathan R.

    Great to see everyone last night. As promised, here's a link to the github with the code:

    That also has the slides from last night in there. The live demo site is here: Feel free to pull down the code and play with it!

    If you've got any questions - send me an email at jproberts00 at gmail

    December 5, 2013

  • Nathan S.

    Sorry to back out as well... not feeling well. Would love to see the slides if possible.

    December 4, 2013

  • Joel N.

    Sorry... On deadline :(

    December 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, has a location for this event been chosen yet?

    November 30, 2013

    • Noel Hidalgo | B.

      yes. it will be at 115 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003 USA

      December 2, 2013

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