At NYCpublic.org's Design/HACKATHON you will be able to join forces with other talented folks to create an app (or other tool) designed to help the city’s public school parents:
- LEARN more about the issues that affect their children’s schools
- CONNECT (not so easy in a system that encompasses 1700 schools)
- ORGANIZE + TAKE ACTION on the policies they believe in
Why invest your time with us?
- Everyone benefits from a well-educated populace. Schools are stronger in communities where there’s a high degree of family engagement. In our city, the largest urban district in the country, engagement is complicated by geography, class, and language divisions. On top of that, the current system of school governance makes parents feel disempowered. NYCpublic.org is committed to finding ways for parents to connect, build our expertise, and advocate for the education that our children deserve.
- Yummy food.
- Use your powers for good!
Day 1 (May 31st, 10-6): We will move through a series of facilitated exercises (charrette) to arrive at possible applications or web tools. By the end of the day, we will have selected the tools that make the most sense to build over the weekend. (Designers, parents and netroots organizers will be the core of the design team, but hackers are welcome to join us too.)
Day 2 (June 1st, 10-6): Day 2 will begin with a presentation by the design team and then hacker teams will form. Hackers will build apps or tools and designers will create front end designs.
Day 3 (June 2nd, 1-5): Hacking teams continue working. Designers are welcome too. At the end of Day 3, we will invite the public in for a presentation of everything we accomplished together.
Location is everything
Because this event is being hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library's brand new Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons, library visitors, who will include public school families, will be able to see what we are doing and give feedback. The address is: 10 Grand Army Plaza (Ground Floor), Brooklyn, NY 11238.