The National Day of Civic Hacking is almost upon us, and it’s headed right for Norfolk.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this movement, the National Day of Civic Hacking aims to unite participants from a variety of backgrounds in an attempt to address and solve the problems and challenges facing their specific areas.
You do not need to be a hacker to participate says Stanley Zheng; student, CodeforAmerica Brigade Captain and organizer of the local event. In fact, just the opposite—developers and designers like him and his colleagues need feedback from the community in order to build project websites appropriately.
“Everyone’s a civic hacker,” says Zheng. “Everyone who cares about their community can be one.”
Topics on the agenda to discuss this Saturday include HRT Bus API, the Norfolk Arts District, LocalWiki, bikability, public art, and economic development, among other issues. Not to mention, a representative from the US Census Bureau will be attending to optimize the civic hackage that is sure to take place. This representative will brainstorm about applications to aid local governments in disaster planning and economic development, in addition to serving as a resource for developers.
“We have sponsored food from Yorgos, Cafe Stella, Ten Top and Machismos, and people can come and go whenever they want—it goes from 9AM-6PM,” says Zheng.
According to the Hack for Change website, all you need to bring is any combination of the following: a computer, tablet or mobile device, pen and paper, camera, friends and family, anything needed to be constructive, and most importantly: a civic hacking attitude. If you have any of the above, head over to Hatch this Saturday and become a part of something exciting.
For more information or to volunteer, visit the event website at: http://hackhrva.eventbrite.com/#.