NATIONAL DAY OF CIVIC HACKING


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What is NDoCH?


National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide day of action to bring together civic leaders and community organizations to tackle some our toughest challenges. Our local event, hosted by Code for Denver & Code for Boulder, will be focused on increasing and sustaining greater civic engagement in our communities.

When: August 11th, 2018 @ 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM

Where: PAIRIN Offices

Bring a laptop!

Need childcare? Email hello@codefordenver.org

Problem Statement


WHAT IS THE SPECIFIC ISSUE THAT THIS IS SOLVING?

It’s hard for many people to stay actively engaged since often access to resources is fragmented, there is limited transparency in how their activities have an impact, and tools that might exist are not always engaging experiences.

WHY IS THIS ISSUE WORTH SOLVING?

Many people either don’t know where to start to get more engaged with civic life or have a hard time staying engaged. How do we generate new civic engagement? How to we keep people involved? Increasing civic engagement will help ensure that our entire community has an active and effective voice in how we grow as a society. Fostering this sort of engagement, by definition, will tie people closer to solutions to problems in their community, creating a dialog centered around action.

IDEAS

Let's gamify civic participation, connect people to options, and find ways to report on impact metrics to help keep people engaged.

  • Let's connect people with others who are interested in the same issues, whether it's the right to own arms, the right to vote, or the right to learn about science.
  • Let’s gamify the experience to keep people engaged.
  • Let’s connect user engagement with impact metrics to reinforce the value they are contributing to their communities.
  • Note: It is important to note that this is not a partisan effort but should be based purely in civic activities regardless of the issue.

Schedule


8:45

Breakfast (provided)

9:00

Civic Engagement Panel

9:45

Lightning Talks

10:15

Project Pitches

10:30

Brainstorming Session
Design / Build / Iterate

11:15

Project Pitches

11:30

Design / Build / Iterate

1:00

Lunch (provided)

1:30

Project Updates

2:00

Design / Build / Iterate
Intro to Programming*

5:00

Wrap Up

* 2-4pm: This two hour workshop, taught by Amy Holt from the Turing School of Software and Design, will cover fundamental concepts of backend programming so you can explore, apply and continue building on your own. Turn your ideas into action and get a fun and interactive deep dive into the programming field.
** Sign up in person at the event, starting at 8:45am. Limited to 15 spots. Bring a laptop!

Speakers


Civic Engagement Panel

Brande Micheau

Community Member & Co-Founder of Project Belay

Rob DuRay

Independent Civic Engagement Consultant

Karen Derrick-Davis

Community Organizer

Evan Weissman

Founder & Creative Director @ Warm Cookies of the Revolution

Lightning Talks

Tools and Analysis to Make a Better Organizer

Rob DuRay – Independent Civic Engagement Consultant

Data Access & Analysis for Understanding Community Well-Being

Courtney Steele – Manager of Digital Products & Partnerships @ Shift Research Lab

Civic Network: Doing Good, Better

Bill Fulton – Founder & Co-Executive Director @ Civic Canopy

Community Wealth Building with Airtable

David Viramontes – Code for Denver

Upswyng: A Digital Directory of Resources for the Homeless Population

Mike Homner – Code for Boulder

SPONSORS


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Intro to Programming provided by
The Turing School of Software and Design is a seven-month software development program with both frontend and backend tracks, located here in Denver. They operate as a nonprofit to be focused 100% on student success.

Who we are!


We are technologists, programmers, visual and graphic designers, product managers, researchers developers, UX and UI designers, architectural engineers, QA analysts, community organizers, students and entrepreneurs. We are also mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and community members. We are all working for a better Denver, a better America and a better tomorrow.

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