Maker Cities: Making the Future of Your City

Posted on Sat, 24th May 2014 by

What happens when makers take their ingenuity to the public square? Makers across the country are coming together with tools, skills, and time to collaborate toward building a better city for the future – a maker city!

For the second year in a row, the Institute for the Future (IFTF) is partnering with the National Day of Civic Hacking to help citizens make the future of their communities, states, and nation.

Join citizens from around the country—online and in-person—to ideate, play, and prototype the future of your city.

makercities_logo_final_cs4 is a game and platform for sharing your vision with others about how makers are reshaping the future of cities. Like the hacker mindset, makers are driven by values of openness, sharing, participation, and collaboration. We can see that the maker movement is rapidly spreading from maker spaces into other parts of civic life from work, learning, transportation, energy, food, health, and governance. And project-by-project, in the next decade, makers will create vibrant new communities as they reinvent our urban experience.

During the National Day of Civic Hacking, IFTF’s game can help you participate:

  1. Add a story. If you have a great vision about how civic hacking can make your city a better place in the future, add your story to the game, and share it on Facebook or Twitter to get feedback and collaboration from others.
  1. Bring the game to your event. If you’re hosting a hackathon, freespace, or block party, enter your collected ideas into the game; have a discussion about the power of civic hacking to improve your city, and share the results in the game.
  1. Reflect on National Day of Civic Hacking. Finally, after National Day of Civic Hacking, share your thoughts and learnings on the platform: what new ideas emerged from your gathering? Use the opportunity to express your thoughts on networking the data sets to create something larger. Share your thoughts on what National Day of Civic Hacking might look like if it were held in 2024?

By Institute for the Future’s Jason Tester.