Join us on Saturday, August 11 for a nationwide day of action to bring together civic leaders, technologists, and problem solvers of all types to work with our local governments and other community-focused organizations to tackle some our toughest challenges.
We're a Code for America brigade that designs and builds software tools to help improve quality of life for our fellow Idahoans. We also do things like research and advise on process improvements and teach modern organizational/cultural best practices to non-profits.
Learn more about us at http://BoiseBrigade.org.
On Saturday, we'll be welcoming all newcomers to help us work on some of these projects, or to start new ones! You can get a sense of the kinds of projects people work on here: https://www.codeforamerica.org/what/featured-stories.
Also, you don't need to be a software developer! We love working with designers, writers, researchers, lawyers, journalists, project managers... you name it! Boise Brigade welcomes anyone who wants to solve problems for our community.
Please reach out if you have any questions!
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is civic tech?
A: Civic tech is technology projects involving intentional collaboration between technologists, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs and nonprofit employees to engage the public or solve civic problems. You can read more about it here: https://medium.com/@CivicWhitaker/what-is-civic-tech-b61a58c3eba8.
Q: What is Code for America’s role in NDoCH?
A: Code for America is the operational partner for National Day of Civic Hacking. Code for America’s Brigade Network is currently active in over 70 cities across the nation, and host NDoCH events annually, in addition to regular Brigade meetups.
Q: How long has NDoCH been going on?
A: Six years, the first National Day of Civic Hacking event took place in 2013.
Q: Who created NDoCH?
A: NDoCH started as a partnership between Code for America, Secondmuse, and NASA in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Q: Why is NDoCH so important right now?
A: NDoCH is an opportunity for Brigades to partner with their cities, and help transform them into delivery-driven governments — governments that develop policy with the delivery and needs of users at the center.
Q: What are some interesting projects what have come out of NDoCH?
A: Code for Boston identified the need to redesign their Youth Employment Program, and from that, they built the “Youth Jobs Boston” project, which spurred from a National Day of Civic Hacking event in their city.