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Westside Civic Hack Night
We are designers, developers, and product managers, both experts and learners, coming together to make our community better for everyone. Flex your skills or learn new ones, and give back at the same time! Bring a laptop if you have one, but a team will put you to use no matter what your equipment or skills. For a glimpse of our highly engaged community, click around our Slack workspace by joining at #westside-hacknight is the general channel for the Westside night. Ongoing project Slack channels: #engage: A platform to stay up to date on your local issues and make it easier to get your voice heard in the public discourse. The web application is currently in beta testing with Santa Monica City Council meetings. #hackforla-site: Hack for LA's website. There are many feature ideas in need of exploration, design, development, and testing. #heart: Working with the LA City Attorney's Office to help streamline their process that helps homeless individuals expunge their traffic violations. #hellogov: Some of the greatest impact for the causes we care about happens in our state legislature. HelloGov lets organizations generate a shortlink that makes it easier for their supporters to find their state legislators and make their voice heard on issues like reproductive rights. #public-tree-map: Inspired by work done in New York City, an online platform to explore and care for Santa Monica’s urban forest. The data team is building out a schema and consolidating data sources. The front-end team is exploring API architecture and UI frameworks. **Code of Conduct** read it, understand it, and follow it General Hack Night Agenda: 6:00pm - 6:30pm: hanging out, networking 6:30pm - 6:45pm: project stand-up, announcements 6:45pm - 7:00pm: noob orientation (completely optional) 6:45pm - 9:00pm: HAX!

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Hack for LA is the Los Angeles Code for America Brigade (, a network of civic-minded technologists who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service.

We connect the people in government to local hackers to solve real problems! It is fulfilling work that will lead you to meet some incredible people.

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To get an idea of what we are all about, founder of Code for America, Jennifer Pahlka, talks at TED 2012 about her experiences and views on maintaining a better government through code. (

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