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Weekly Civic Hack Night w/ FBI Crime Data Explorer presentation by 18F

Interested in helping San Francisco? You have found the right place! 

Join neighbors, government employees, designers, coders, students and more! Our weekly hack night is focused on civic tech and making government services better in San Francisco. We hack/build and learn together every Wednesday evening.

• 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

Presentation by 18F of the FBI's new Crime Data Explorer!

Making the nation’s crime data more accessible: Challenges and lessons learned from working with the FBI on their first open source project.

18F, a design consultancy within the federal government, recently partnered with the FBI to make crime data more accessible to the general public. This is data the FBI collects from nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies from across the country as part of the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.

18F helped the FBI design and build a new service, called the Crime Data Explorer (CDE), that makes this dataset more transparent and easier to work with. The CDE consists of a web interface for viewing high-level trends at the national, state, and local levels, as well as bulk downloads and an open API for more detailed views of the data.

You can view the CDE at and check out our public repo at:

Amber and Larry will share their lessons learned from working with the FBI on their first open source project and offer a few strategies for working with government entities that are new to agile and human centered design.

Fore more information on the project, check out the CDE at and our public repo at:

Interested in our current projects?

This week

Hacking with CivicMakers, WeVote, OpenReferral, Data Science Team, Adopt-A-Drain, and many more.


6:00p doors open, socialize and eat dinner

6:30p welcome remarks, project pitches, and Crime Data Explorer Presentation

7:00p start hacking or stay for new member orientation

8:00p more hacking

9:00p keep on hacking

10:00p doors close and lights out.

Check out our website. Read/contribute to our code. Communicate via our slack team (or IRC Freenode #sfbrigade). 

If you have questions, please reach out over Slack, contact the organizers via meetup, or drop by on Wednesday evening.

6:00 PM, Wednesday, August 23, 2017