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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.

Projects
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.

 

Sponsorship
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

    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.