[Bloominglabs-announce] Fwd: [School Factory] National Day of Civic Hacking

S Charlesworth mistasteve at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 10:29:34 EST 2012

Interesting event in June for developer types. The City Of Bloomington is
pretty with it on the Tech front so they might be receptive to this.

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From: Willow Brugh <do-not-reply at bucketb.com>
Date: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 8:04 PM
Subject: [School Factory] National Day of Civic Hacking
To: "Steve at bloominglabs.org" <Steve at bloominglabs.org>

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Greetings SteveBloominglabs,

There's a thing I'm helping with called Day of Civic Hacking. The idea is
that cities participate in linking government folk and data to local
citizens. Over the first weekend of June, folk might get together to explore
challenges their location faces, to start to develop (software or otherwise)
ways of addressing those challenges, or to just get to know about each other
and processes together. Yes, I know the term "hacking" is a loaded one,
especially in this context, but I really do feel this is some governmental
groups doing civic engagement "less wrong", and want to help them in this
process.   I wonder if any of you fine folk would care to have your space
participate. What I imagine is a sort of show-and-tell and unconference day,
perhaps with some work being done, or at least a better understanding of the
community being reached.   We're working with groups like open.NASA,
open.FEMA, the census bureau, and local universities to hold their hands
while they open up more data and learn to engage with the public. The goal
to hold at least one in each state, specific to the needs and vibe of the
group organizing and their location. The only role we would play is a
reference point to find each event, and whatever other help you would like.
  Let us know if you'd like to play via http://hackforchange.org [1]. The
event is taking place in conjunction with Random Hacks of Kindess, and is
also partnered with Code For America's Brigade meetings, so there are plenty
of ways to engage. You can also do whatever sort of event you like.   Let me
know if you have any questions!
Read more http://atrium.schoolfactory.org/node/108008

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[1] http://hackforchange.org
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