A version of this post on the National Day of Civic Hacking originally appeared on STEM Kids Chicago. The word hacking often conjures up images of bad guys, the dark web, and breaking into computer systems. However, the National Day of Civic Hacking is the opposite. It seeks to use available data and the power of the digital age for good. The day brings together coders, bureaucrats, data scientists, journalists, user experience designers, and community activists to tackle big problems using data.
National Day of Civic Hacking 2017
Sponsored by Code for America, this day shines the spotlight on civic hacking. Civic hacking involves putting public government data to work to inform citizens and improve communities. Learn more in this descriptive post and see examples of successful projects here. Though the National Day of Civic Hacking skews toward adults, there’s no reason you can’t bring together a group of students to examine data from their school and think of a related project to improve some aspect of their community.
Click here to find opportunities to get involved and publicize your own event. As of posting time, it looks like events are already scheduled in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Savannah, and Virginia Beach.