5th Annual National Day of Civic Hacking - 2017

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Hack for Change Louisville is being held as the city’s official Code for America National Day of Civic Hacking (https://www.codeforamerica.org/events/national-day-of-civic-hacking-2017) is an annual day of action to convene coders, bureaucrats, data scientists, journalists, user experience designers, and community activists to tackle big problems. This year, we’re doubling down on our cities and focusing on local challenges that Louisville faces. Privacy and safety issues local activists face online, with a focus on data security, will be one issue addressed at NDoCH, and work on our IoT voter registration project will continue.


A huge thank you and shoutout to Forest Giant (https://www.forestgiant.com) for their generous contribution to the CDA to support the National Day of Civic Hacking. Forest Giant makes awesome things. Check them out! (https://www.forestgiant.com/work/)


If you'd like your company logo here with a link, mentions on our social media accounts and Meetup posts, the opportunity to speak at the event, a swag table, and a write up in our event recap blog post, please get in touch with us ([masked]) or make a donation.

Sponsorship $200 - Donate Now (https://www.codeforamerica.org/donate)

Here’s what to expect:

• Software and project planning, architecture and development using open public data.

• The collaborative planning and 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 people in tech, entrepreneurs, citizens, 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.

Project Skillsets Needed:

Projects might include any of the following skills, we always need your help:

Research (web/email/phone), project management, hardware hackers, copywriters, data entry, modifying existing code, using 3rd party online services or APIs, graphic design, interactive design, user experience (UX), user interface (UI), documentation, presentation creation, mapping, and/or data analysis!

About Civic Data Alliance

Civic Data Alliance (http://codeforamerica.org/brigade/index/Civic-Data-Alliance) (CDA), Louisville’s Code for America brigade has volunteered to organize this year’s event.

National Day of Civic Hacking Louisville has these main goals:

• Create a one-day environment for citizens to create innovative projects using open public data.

• Identify opportunities to brainstorm, capture, design, and even deploy valuable projects 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 at 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, half finished projects, brown-bag lunch, and your awesome self.

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)

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

If you are not especially technically oriented, we STILL need your help. During the event, project managers, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, designers, writers, policy wonks and regular citizens can help steer the direction of the development, explore great ideas with the more technically oriented, and work on the presentation and communicate your group's idea clearly.