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Registration is Now Open for Tampa Bay National Day of Civic Hacking!

National Day of Civic Hacking, on August 11, is an annual nationwide event that brings together volunteer civic technologists with local government, community agencies and organizations to work together on 21st century solutions to organizational and government services challenges. Our Pinellas County event host is Suncoast Developers Guild.

This year, Code for Tampa Bay invited local city and county governments, and area service organizations to to submit project ideas for the event, and received several on which Hack for Change teams can work together to solve.

The four agencies we’ll be working with at this year’s event are:

We’ll share more information about these groups and their projects, as well as a couple of others in the wings, as we get closer to the event date.  There will be other project opportunities, as well.

Winning solutions will be chosen by a team of judges and agency representatives, and winners will receive trophies and the opportunity to continue developing their hackathon challenge solution into fully working models for the relevant civic agencies.

Helpful flowchart. Click to enlarge.

Who Can Participate
There’s no cost to participate and all are welcome! It’s not necessary to be a coder or “techie” to participate. While coders, developers and designers have vital skills to create applications, dashboards and tools, they can’t do their work without interested citizens with ideas, artists who can design graphics and layouts, front end designers, writers and storytellers. The issues being explored are whole brain problems in need of whole brain solutions, and everyone is needed at the table.

Meals and refreshments are provided throughout the day, and the first 50 registrants receive event t-shirts.


If you or your company would like to be a National Day of Civic Hacking sponsor, you can contribute at Code for America and identify “Code for Tampa Bay” as the beneficiary.  You can see our Sponsorship Opportunities here.

NDCH Code of Conduct
Code for Tampa Bay Brigade, at all meetings and events, actively abides by Code for America’s Code of Conduct and operates as a Safe Space, where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourages everyone to respect others. You can read our full Code of Conduct here. Anyone violating our Code of Conduct may be asked to leave a meeting or event.

Inviting Local Governments & NonProfits to Submit Project Proposals for NDCH 2018!

National Day of Civic Hacking, on August 11, is an annual nationwide event hosted by Code for America that brings together volunteer civic technologists with local government, and community agencies and organizations to work together on 21st century solutions to organizational and government services challenges.

This year, we’re inviting local city and county governments, and area service organizations to to submit project ideas for the event. We’ll select projects that:

  • Have clear objectives including how the project will improve services or support for citizens, and/or can show cost savings to communities;
  • Can provide the necessary APIs and other relevant data and information volunteers will need to create solutions and;
  • Commit an agency “champion” to the project who will work directly with NDCH teams before and at the event to help them provide the solution the agency is looking for.
  • To have your project considered for Code for Tampa Bay’s 2018 National Day of Civic Hacking event(s) – we hope to hold one Hack for Change event in Pinellas and one in Hillsborough – Please complete our NDCH website form by June 22. Selected projects will be announced by July 2

    New St. Petersburg Code for Tampa Bay Monthly Meetup Starting May 21

    We’re super excited to announce a second opportunity for those interested in exploring civic technology to be part of Code for Tampa Bay Brigade, as we head over the Bay to host a 2nd monthly Code for Tampa Bay Brigade Meetup, in St. Petersburg! Starting Monday, May 21, we’ll be hosting a Pinellas County Meetup at TEC Garage, on the 3rd Monday of each month. Many thanks to TEC Garage for being such supportive and gracious hosts!

    At this inaugural Pinellas meeting, we’ll check out local civic tech opportunities, and start getting organized for a Pinellas County National Day of Civic Hacking event.

    TEC Garage is located inside the downtown building of St. Petersburg College at 244 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. When you enter through the main doors of the college, TEC Garage is straight ahead, just past the Student Services counter.

    There is metered parking in front of the building and on the side streets (2nd St. N. and 3rd St. N.) There is a parking garage on 2nd Street N., around the corner at Sundial/MidCore Parking Garage, which costs only $1 after 5pm. The entrance to the garage is at 117 2nd Street North. (They take cash or checks only).

    Further information on parking in downtown St Petersburg can be found at

    We’ll have light foods and refreshments. Please RSVP at our Meetup page so we have a reasonable headcount for munchies.

    About Code for Tampa Bay
    Code for Tampa Bay Brigade is an affiliate of Code for America, and part of an international network of people committed to using their voices and hands, in collaboration with local governments, to make their cities better. Code for Tampa Bay Brigade helps build participatory power in their cities by holding regular civic hack nights and events, advocating for open data, and deploying apps. Brigades celebrate and share their successes with the Brigade network to further the global civic innovation movement. If you’d like to be in our Slack workspace, please send your request to and if you’d like access to the GitHub repository, please email Chris at .

    Code for Tampa Bay Brigade abides by Code for America’s Code of Conduct, which expects that Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums adhere to standards of ethics and conduct which can be read in their entirety here:

    Introducing the Public Interest Tech Job Board

    The newly developed Public Interest Tech Job Board is a collection of curated opportunities in public interest technology. Code for America believes that people with design, product, analytical, and technical expertise can make a difference in how government works.

    What is public interest tech?

    Public Interest: contributing to the common good. We use this to describe several types of organizations, such as:

    • governments
    • non-profits that partner with governments
    • for-profits that have a strong focus on social impact

    Tech: any skills required to build products and services. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • product and project managers
    • researchers and designers
    • developers
    • analysts
    • content strategists

    Post Your Job

    Local governments, as well as nonprofits, and private sector companies with civic tech job openings can post their job needs HERE.

    Find Your Job

    Find a job HERE.

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    Save the Date! National Day of Civic Hacking is August 11! Look for local event(s) details here soon!  More news from Code for America:

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    Here’s the latest from Code for America.

    Click to hear podcast

    Refresher: Check out the Mission, vision and Operating Principles we wrote together this fall! For example, we’re non-partisan, but not neutral.

    This Week in Civic Tech: News from Code for America

    Apply now for the Code for America Apprenticeship Program, a new opportunity for people of color. We’re looking for recent graduates from college or bootcamp programs, people returning to the workforce and wanting to update their skills, and people early in their career looking for more experience.

    Open Data Day is coming up fast on March 3rd. Check out the video of the workshop here and make sure to add your event to the map Read a post from Open Austin’s Victoria O’Dell highlighting the ways they’re planning to get involved in local open data efforts.

    Jobs & More


    Reconnect at our March 5 Meetup at the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center!

    We’re going back for our future to the Hillsborough County Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City, where we’ve met in the past. Regular meetings will resume here, the first Monday of each month, starting at 6pm. We’ll have light foods and refreshments, hear from members about current projects and from local civic leaders on current needs.

    We’ll be talking about some upcoming outreach and community engagement opportunities in March and regrouping a bit, as a Code for America local affiliate. Please RSVP by the end of February so we have a reasonable headcount for munchies.  RSVP at our MeetUp page.