4th Annual Hack for Change - 2016

This is a past event

41 people went

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About the Event

Hack for Change Louisville is being held as the city’s official Code for America National Day of Civic Hacking (http://hackforchange.org/) event, one of over 100 simultaneous events across the United States. The day will bring together local government leaders and staff, local organizations, businesses, visitors, and community members and is focused on civic innovation.


This year we have almost no funding from Code for America. If you can, and think this event is valuable to you, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help cover our costs.

We are providing you free space, food, drinks, wifi, swag, and a great annual experience with great people!

Recommended Ticket Donation $15 - Donate Now (https://secure.codeforamerica.org/page/contribute/?brigade=Louisville%20KY)

If donations go well this year, we can keep the cost optional instead of charging for tickets at future events. Thanks.


• Stan Siranovich (http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/StanSiranovich)

• KY Youth Advocates (http://kyyouth.org/) volunteer

• Employee at OPI (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/performance-improvement-innovation)

• Michael Schnuerle (https://twitter.com/metromapper) (a CDA Founder)

• Chris Harrell at Lazarus LLC (http://www.lazarusllc.com/)

• Brian Herbert, CTO @ MakeTime (https://www.maketime.io/)

• Karyn Boyd (https://twitter.com/karynboydTLH)


If you'd like your company logo here with a link, mentions on our social media accounts, shout-outs at the event, a swag table, and a write up in our event recap blog post, please get in touch with us or sponsor now:

Sponsorship $200 - Donate Now (https://secure.codeforamerica.org/page/contribute/?brigade=Louisville%20KY)


Here’s what to expect:

• Software development (a hackathon event) using open public data.

• Collaborative building of open data apps and services for non-profits and the community.

• Discussions on open data at the city, county, and state levels.

• Networking, learning, fun, and making a difference!

The initiative is a united national effort to connect citizens and government in a partnership focused on improving people’s daily lives through technology. This event will bring together techies, entrepreneurs, do-gooders, activists and others like you from across the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent tools using publicly-released data.

Civic hacking as a form of citizen engagement and volunteerism is gaining momentum reaching cities across America not those known for technology and innovation. Civic hackers are already active and contributing to the betterment of your community.



Projects might include any of the following skills, so you can always be a help:

Research (web/email/phone), idea focus, data entry, modifying existing code, using 3rd party online services, graphic design, user experience (UX), documentation, presentation creation, mapping, and/or data analysis!

Current Project Ideas:

• Open data FOIA requests at the state level with Lexington brigade and Muckrock.com (https://www.muckrock.com/foi/create/) (Property, Crime, Voting).

• Analysis of KY voting precincts (http://data.civicdataalliance.org/dataset/ky-voting-precinct-geographic-outlines), senate and house boundaries, voter record data.

• CityVoice (https://github.com/civicdata/cityvoice/blob/master/README.md) deployment for Metro Louisville on Dixie Highway revitalization project.

• 311 Chatbot to easily submit issues to the city. Idea: OPI and Innovation Office in Louisville Metro Gov.

• One of the federal challenges (https://www.codeforamerica.org/events/national-day-2016) that Code for America has put forward.

• Bring your ideas too!

About Civic Data Alliance

Louisville’s Code for America brigade (http://codeforamerica.org/brigade/index/Civic-Data-Alliance) has volunteered to organize this year’s event. Called the Civic Data Allliance (http://www.civicdataalliance.com/) (CDA), we are the public’s voice for open data, interested in liberating, improving, gathering, defining, and reporting on public data.

Hack for Change Louisville has these main goals:

• Create a one-day environment for entrepreneurs, app developers, and programmers to create innovative apps and websites using open public data.

• Identify opportunities to brainstorm, capture, design, and even deploy valuable software applications that serve the city.

• Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens and journalists to share thoughts on the City of Louisville’s open data portal.

• Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of the civic innovation, mobile communication, online information, and open data at the City of Louisville.

• Discover other datasets that contain public information a the city, county, and state level that should be made public (property, transit, GIS, etc).

• Create outcomes that participants will act upon after the event is over.

What to Bring

Your laptop, power cables, software, smart phones, chargers, monitors, mice, ideas, and half finished projects.

We will provide breakfast snacks, coffee, and lunch!

How to Prepare

Familiarize yourself with at these data sources to see what’s out there:

• Louisville Open Data Portal (http://portal.louisvilleky.gov/service/data)

• Data.gov (https://explore.data.gov/catalog/raw)

• TARC’s Transit Feed (http://googletransit.ridetarc.org/feed/)

• YourMapper (http://www.yourmapper.com/)

• Metro Mapper’s Local Open Data Lists (http://blog.metromapper.org/2012/11/open-data-in-kentucky-overview.html)

• Join the CDA group (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/civicdataalliance)

We will be working together to build actual apps during the event.

If you are non-technical, we still need your help. During the event entrepreneurs business, marketing, and regular citizens can help steer the direction of the development and explore great ideas with the techies, and work on the presentation and communicating the idea clearly. You can also spend some time updating your neighborhood’s Open Street Map data using the new iD online editing tool (http://www.openstreetmap.org/edit?editor=id).


Meters are available at an hourly rate but are NOT recommended.

Do NOT park in the iHub parking lot on Floyd Street! First time offenders are at risk of being warned. Anybody whose car has been previously warned (written notice on windshield) is at risk of being towed.

Do NOT park behind the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store! They are open on Saturday and this would impede their business.

You may park:

1) Behind the Atria Building on the corner of Floyd and Market (Visitor's Section, approximately 20 spaces).

2) Anywhere shown in YELLOW on this map (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B28qs3pVLuXSOU1UYmlVa1pLYVE/view?usp=sharing).

3) Paid uncovered lot behind Wild Eggs on Floyd Street (one block from Code Louisville).

4) In the paid parking garage at 1st & Main (three blocks from Code Louisville).


A huge thank you to The Software Guild (http://www.thesoftwareguild.com/locations/kentucky/) for donating breakfast and coffee for the event, WFPL (http://wfpl.org/) for lunch, OPI at Metro Gov (https://louisvilleky.gov/government/performance-improvement-innovation) for sponsoring, and Code Louisville (http://www.codelouisville.org/) for hosting us!