National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that will take place June 1-2, 2013, in cities across the nation. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.
The event will leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside federal, state and local government to drive meaningful, technology-based solutions for federal, state and local government. It demonstrates what's possible when we all work together to strengthen our society and our lives. YOU can make a difference no matter where you live.
You should participate in National Day of Civic Hacking because the toughest challenges are not one community’s alone to solve. This is a unique opportunity to get involved, connect with others like yourself, and develop technology that will make the world a better place.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.
- Exercise a government’s interest in using open data and technology, in partnership with others, to address your local community’s felt needs.
- Liberate open data that can inform better problem solving in every community.
- Continue to collectively map a national innovation ecosystem and create new access points to that system.
- Engage citizens in cities with little technology infrastructure to contribute to changing their community through open source, open data, entrepreneurship and code development.
- Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by encouraging students to utilize open technology for solutions to real challenges.
- Encourage large scale partnership and mutual understanding.
National Day of Civic Hacking will not be the same type of event in each city. Depending on the local needs of your community, it might be a block party, hackathon, brigade meetup - or something else entirely.
Our vision is for the National Day of Civic Hacking to take place in at least one city in all 50 states and territories. If you do not see your city on the list and are interested in planning or supporting an event, get involved today!
There are many ways you can get involved in National Day of Civic Hacking. Our success will lie in government agencies, companies, organizations, universities and citizens working together to make a difference.
Plan an event: Sign up to plan an event today and bring the National Day of Civic Hacking to your town! Your first decision will be to determine which type of event you want to host. Choose from a hackathon, brigade meeting,block party, or propose your own.
Support an event: Are you interested in helping to host, fund or support an event in your community? This is truly a community effort and we need your help! Contact us for more information on how to get involved.
Contribute data, code, or a challenge idea: Do you have data, APIs, code, or other resources that could help inform solutions? Do you have an idea for a challenge to be addressed?
Participate in an event: If you are interested in attending an event in your city, sign up to be added to the mailing list for more information. We will email you with information about the events near you.
Sponsorship: There are many ways in which you or your organization can support National Day of Civic Hacking. If you are interested in supporting National Day of Civic Hacking at a National Level, contact us. If you are interested in sponsoring exclusively at your local event, check the events page and reach out to an organizer near you.
Have a question? Good. Here are some answers to the most common questions and we'll keep adding to the list over time. Still not sure about something? No problem. Send us an email and we'll get you squared away.
National Day of Civic Hacking is an event during which citizens from around the country will work together with local, state and federal governments as well as private sector organizations with the common goal of improving their community.
When and where will it take place?
National Day of Civic Hacking will take place in cities across America on the weekend of June 1-2, 2013.
Who is leading the National Day of Civic Hacking?
National Day of Civic Hacking is a national initiative to promote transparency, participation and collaboration between governments and citizens. It’s a collaboration between citizens, organizations, companies andgovernment. Events will take place in cities around the nation.
Can I help plan an event in my city?
Yes. National Day of Civic Hacking will be only as strong as our volunteers—we need people like you from all 50 states who are willing to lead the planning of an event in your community and commit to collectively working together to improve government. Are you a current or future leader of a civic hacking and open government community, ready to stand up, be counted, recruit new members, and work together with other leaders? We want you!
Can I participate if there is no event in my city?
Yes! National Day of Civic Hacking is open to all. The best way to participate is to join an event in your city (or host one!) but if that is not an option, you can also get some friends together, find a cozy coffee shop, pick a challenge and hack away! Keep an eye out for collaborative hack pad links on all of the callenge pages.
Who can participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking?
Anyone can participate in National Day of Civic Hacking. It requires individuals with a broad range of skills. We are looking for engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anyone who has a passion for changing their community and is willing to contribute.
What type of event will the National Day of Civic Hacking be?
National Day of Civic Hacking is not your normal event - and it will not be the same type of event in each city. Depending on the local needs of your community, Hack for Change might be an hackathon, brigade meeting, block party - or something else entirely.
How can companies or organizations get involved?
We are looking for organizations who are interested in supporting events in cities around the nation. Support by organizations may include:
- Contribute data, code or a challenge to support the event
- Support the planning of a local event by contributing resources or funding
- Promote the event and encourage subject matter expertise, employee and citizen participation
- Attend the local National Day of Civic Hacking
How can city, state and federal government help?
We are looking for city, state and federal government agencies who are interested in supporting events in their communities around the nation. Support by government and/or city leadership may include:
- Contribute data, code or a challenge to support the event
- Promote the event and encourage subject matter expertise, employee, and citizen participation
- Attend the National Day of Civic Hacking
Are you looking for sponsors?
Yes, we are looking for organizations who share our passion for improving the world around us and want to help make the National Day of Civic Hacking a reality at either the local and global level. If that is you, get in touch!
What is a civic hacker?
Civic hackers" as we think about it for the National Day of Civic Hacking are engineers, technologists, civil servants, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anybody - who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent open source solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country.
Some people have a negative association with "hacking", how do you clarify the difference to them?
To us, a hacker is someone who uses a minimum of resources and a maximum of brainpower and ingenuity to create, enhance or fix something. Although in some circumstances it is used in a negative sense, the term is not inherently negative, nor does it even have to be related to technology.
Does all software created at National Day of Civic Hacking have to be open source?