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Weekly Civic Hack Night

At this Hack Night we will have a special guest speaker, author of The Responsive City, Professor Stephen Goldsmith, who will discuss the research findings that led to his new book! So make sure to RSVP ASAP!
  About the book:
The Responsive City is a compelling guide to civic engagement and governance in the digital age that will help municipal leaders link important breakthroughs in technology and data analytics with age-old lessons of small-group community input to create more agile, competitive and economically resilient cities. The book is co-authored by Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg penned the book’s foreword.

Based on the authors’ experiences and extensive research, The Responsive City explores topics including:

• Building trust in the public sector and fostering a sustained, collective voice among communities;

• Using data-smart governance to preempt and predict problems while improving quality of life;

• Creating efficiencies and saving taxpayer money with digital tools; and

• Spearheading these new approaches to government with innovative leadership.
  Note: Professors Crawford and Goldsmith presented at Microsoft New York in October. View the blog post here:

Interested in helping San Francisco? Excellent!

Whether or not you know how to code, you can help! Join our weekly hack (hacking = building) night focused on open government and civic tech in San Francisco.

• Contribute to the betterment of San Francisco

• Build your own portfolio of work or work on someone else's cool project

• Meet new (and different!) people

If you're new please read through the list of current projects and let us know if anything catches your eye.


For more info -

• website:

• GitHub:

• project info:

• discussions: Google Group, IRC Freenode channel (#sfbrigade, #codeforamerica)

Contact the meetup organizers if you have questions or email the core team.

6 PM, Wednesday, February 4, 2015