What is a civic hacknight?
This is a weekly project night is 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.
For first timers trying to get the most out of the night, you should bring your laptop, watch Civic Hacking 101 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH6LnW_qjeI), Civic Hacking 102 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNYe3dsFh10), and review our projects page (http://projects.betanyc.us/).
* Tools: data resources (https://docs.google.com/a/betanyc.us/spreadsheets/d/1R7O_FZLNB8VV5eoPDNATb-f0njjUsJwmz22cT_OB3fw/edit#gid=0), maps (https://docs.google.com/a/betanyc.us/spreadsheets/d/1R7O_FZLNB8VV5eoPDNATb-f0njjUsJwmz22cT_OB3fw/edit#gid=[masked]), & tools (https://docs.google.com/a/betanyc.us/spreadsheets/d/1R7O_FZLNB8VV5eoPDNATb-f0njjUsJwmz22cT_OB3fw/edit#gid=[masked])
* Discussions: Developers List (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/betanyc-dev), #BetaNYC (https://twitter.com/search?q=betanyc) on twitter
* Community projects (http://projects.betanyc.us/#!/)
Projects, presentations, & #CivicFreeSchool:
After the introduction, We’ll keep the “formal” part of the evening down to a minimum: announcements, meet your neighbor, etc. After the introduction, we will have a number of people represent subject areas, specific projects, and have some skills share / education. A portion of these nights will turn into something we are experimenting with the title #CivicFreeSchool (https://twitter.com/search?q=CivicFreeSchool&src=typd)!
Peer training / facilitated discussion: From FOIL to Torque: Mapping Property Sales in Brooklyn, for Free!
In this talk, Emily will take us through this project's work flow, starting with a FOIL request to obtain the data she was looking for, to creating an animated map in CartoDB. Using other free and open source software including OpenRefine and QGIS, she will also teach some of the basics of these resources along the way.
Above and beyond the details of the work flow, this project embraces the ethics of Civic Tech--the possibilities of freedom and openness in government and technology.
* What are YOU working on? Plug it into this event's comments section!
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Note about the venue:
You should RSVP with the name that appears on a photo ID. In order to give building security an RSVP list, RSVPs will close at 4:00 PM the day of the event. If you miss this deadline, most of the time security is nice and will let you in.
BetaNYC is committed to hosting safe and open events for all. By attending this event you are committing yourself to BetaNYC's Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy (https://github.com/BetaNYC/What-is-BetaNYC/blob/master/Code-of-Conduct.md).