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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.

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Hacknight resources:

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/#!/)

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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)!

Community Projects:

* What are YOU working on? Plug it into this event's comments section!

Evening's Special guest:

Neil Giacobbi (AT&T) and Michael Salvato (MTA) will give a brief presentation about App Quest 3.0 (http://2014mtaappquest.challengepost.com/) - a software competition that challenges developers to use MTA data and increasing wireless service underground to make New York’s transit experience better for all MTA riders.

The competition submission period ends at 5pm ET on February 2nd, and has a prize pot of $50k!

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Sponsors:

The Code for America Brigade program (http://www.codeforamerica.org/brigade/) is an international network of people committed to using their voices and hands, in collaboration with local governments, to make their cities better.

Microsoft Civic aims to collaboratively address the most pressing community challenges through the hyper-local creation, deployment, and evangelism of civic technology.

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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).