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Now Two Great Locations to Hack for Change in Tampa Bay on August 11!

We’re super happy to announce that we have a second location for this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking event in Tampa Bay, on August 11!  In addition to our St. Petersburg location, generously provided by the Academy at the Suncoast Developers Guild,  we’re grateful to The Ledger, Brianna Bond and Covered Web Services  for donating space use at the Industrious Office on Franklin Street in Tampa, and for support from Hillsborough County .

The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild – Pinellas County 2220 Central Ave St Petersburg, FL 33712 Map

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The Industrious Office – Hillsborough County 401 E Jackson St Suite 3300 Tampa, FL 33602 Map

 

Select your preferred location when you register

Projects

At our Tampa location, we’ll be working on these projects:

  • Metropolitan Ministries – to help develop an intelligent chatbot to better direct those in need to most appropriate services (Tampa NDCH)
  • Winners’ Resource Center – A more efficient resource for non-profits and companies to share their information with those in need in the Tampa Bay area (Tampa NDCH)
  • Pasco Agents for Change – helping this newly created nonprofit develop an advocacy website and tools to aid their efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in Pasco County Public Schools (Tampa NDCH)

In St. Petersburg, we’ll be working on these:

As well as other projects participants may be interested in developing at each location. We’ll share more information about these groups and their projects in the next few weeks.

Winning solutions will be chosen by 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.

Please join us!

 

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.

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