National Day of Civic Hacking 2018
Don’t call it a hackathon. Sure, there will be code and wireframes, along with plenty of tasty snacks. But there will also be learning, collaboration, and empathy as we work together to better San Francisco.
This year, we’re excited to bring dev/Mission’s tech equity mission together with Code for San Francisco’s civic tech mission at the National Day of Civic Hacking, and we hope you’ll join us on this day of learning, community, and creativity.
Highlights of the day:
- Plenty of space for projects, both new and old, to further their work
- A panel presentation from Code for America about the future of the civic tech movement
- The kick-off of the Code for San Francisco Fellowship program in partnership with dev/Mission and Microsoft
- And, of course, free food: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
We’re looking for hackers and doers of all kinds to join us — not just developers & designers, but City & County staff, community activists, and people on the street who want to improve our neighborhoods. Real people. Real problems. Come for the community, meaningful work, and good times… stay for the free food and non-alcoholic beverages.
We’ll kickoff the day with an introduction and keynote to set the tone and wrap time for prototyping, hacking and networking. We’ll bring all the great ideas and energy back to our weekly hack nights, which are every Wednesday night. We invite you to continue working with us here after National Day.
We’re most excited about the launch of the new fellowship program with dev/Mission. We invite participants to offer encouragement, feedback and mentorship to the fellows you’ll meet during the day.
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8:00 AM Breakfast
Doors open and breakfast provided!
9:00 AM Introduction
Join the Code for San Francisco organizing team to kickoff the day.
Keynote: Leonardo Sosa
Leonardo Sosa will set the tone with a keynote about dev/Mission’s mission and how it relates to the work we do as volunteer civic technologists.
In early 2017, was founded by Leonardo Sosa and a team of technologists, that care about STEM opportunities for untapped young adults. Their goal is to connect the most overlooked population in San Francisco, Bay Area and beyond; and expose them to careers in the tech industry. We’re excited to bring ‘s tech equity mission together with Code for San Francisco’s civic tech mission at the National Day of Civic Hacking, and we hope you’ll join us on this day of learning, community, and creativity.
Announcing Code for San Francisco Fellowship Fellows
We officially kick-off the start of the fellow’s 6-month tenure working on projects within Code for San Francisco. The selected fellows will introduce themselves and begin the start of their six month tenure working on projects at Code for San Francisco.
We will encourage existing Code for SF members and new experienced technologists to volunteer to help mentor the fellows for the remainder of the day: shedding light on what it means to be a professional in this space as well as how you got there.
An opportunity for attending Code for San Francisco projects to pitch what they’ll be working on throughout the day. Attendees will be invited to collaborate and work on projects throughout the rest of the day.
You are also welcome to bring new projects, but they must:
- Be for the public good; could benefit local government, non-profits, community associations, etc.
- Be open source if your project involves code; meaning in a public repository with an appropriate open license
- Respect our code of conduct
- Not be political or partisan; we are an affiliate of a non-partisan organization and cannot support or endorse
- specific parties or candidates
If you have a project to pitch, fill out the form so we can plan for the day.
10:30 AM Open Data 101 | Projects
An exploration of the Open Data Portal with our co-organizer and the Data Services Manager for the City of San Francisco, Jason Lally.
12:00 PM Lunch + Panel
Code for America and Code for SF have teamed up to deliver a panel discussion on the Future of Civic Tech. Join us and hear from civic tech leaders as they discuss the current state of civic tech, what’s ahead, and how you can get involved.
1:00 PM Reconvening
Having put the ideas and skills together, we have a few hours to build momentum on these projects inspired by the morning’s activities. While we don’t expect complete solutions in a couple hours, we’ll have the chance to scope and build a kernel for projects that can continue at Code for SF weekly hack night or wherever you wish. We’ll bring people back together to report out at 5.
1:30 PM Open Data Hands On | Projects
A continuation of exploration of what’s possible with Open Data from the morning.
2:15 PM User Centered Design Workshop | Projects
Allen Meyer, Visual Designer with the SF Human Services Agency Innovation Office, will lead a user centered design workshop.
5:00 PM Report out and wrap
What did we learn or work on today? We’ll wrap the day with some report out from participants and next steps.
Dinner will be served.
6:00 PM Happy Hour
If you still have energy at the end of the day, join us for a pay-your-own-way happy hour nearby.
Thank you to our partners:
Code for America: Our hosts and panel organizer. Code for America is a national nonprofit that believes government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. They organize a network of people who build technology to further local governments’ priorities of creating healthy, prosperous, and safe communities.
dev/Mission: In early 2017, was founded by Leonardo Sosa and a team of technologists, that care about STEM opportunities for untapped young adults. Their goal is to connect the most overlooked population in San Francisco, Bay Area and beyond; and expose them to careers in the tech industry.
DataSF: DataSF’s mission is to empower use of data. They seek to transform the way the City and County of San Francisco works through the use of data. They believe use of data and evidence can improve our operations and the services we provide. This ultimately leads to increased quality of life and work for San Francisco residents, employers, employees and visitors. DataSF is a program of the City and County of San Francisco.