Hack for Change at Gangplank Chandler

What: National Day of Civic Hacking – Random Hacks of Kindness and Brigade Meetup

When: June 1st and 2nd 2013

Where: Gangplank Chandler (260 S Arizona Ave Chandler, AZ 85225)


Gangplank Chandler creates the opportunity for citizens to get involved in serving their community by using technology to create new, innovative applications and platforms.

Chandler, AZ – June 1st and 2nd, 2013 – Gangplank will host one of over 100 events taking place throughout the U.S. on June 1st and 2nd as part of National Day of Civic Hacking. This is an opportunity for government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and civically-engaged individuals to work together to solve complex social problems. Over 5,000 participants are expected to gather across the nation to leverage new data sets from local and federal agencies to create impactful, technology-based tools and services. The initiative is based on event models created by Code for America, Random Hacks of Kindness, and Innovation Endeavors. And because this is a grassroots initiative, Gangplank and the municipalities they are working with, are adapting these models to create their own, unique experiences.

Participants gathering at Gangplank Chandler will use their diverse expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to make an impact on local community resources. This gathering of local entrepreneurs, makers, shakers, hackers and community members will be working to directly improve our local places. Participating government agencies include NASA, the Census Bureau, FEMA, The White House Office of Digital Strategy, and the Department of Labor to name just a few. A showcase of projects that emerge from National Day of Civic Hacking will be featured at an event at the White House in the end of July, in tandem with the President’s focus on STEM education.

The event is a call to action for anyone in and around Chandler who wants to make an impact; anyone can get involved, irrespective of professional experience. Projects can address any challenge facing the community: from a mobile app drivers can use to report potholes, to platforms that address food and housing distribution for those in need. The civic hacking event (insert name if specific) will illustrate the power of open government practices, particularly where data is readily available to support meaningful collaboration between the public and private sectors.

It is also an illustration of how the innovation community is active in all cities and towns in America; it’s not limited to Silicon Valley. The partners creating this initiative are eager to catalyze new innovation ecosystems and elevate the visibility of existing tech and creative communities throughout the country. As David Monaghan, organizer of the Gangplank Chandler hackathon explains, “We are all responsible for making the place we call home better, everyone has a duty to join in and help.”


Hackathon Details:             

Ganngplank Chandler, AZ

June 1st 8AM to 10PM and June 2nd 8AM to 3PM

Brigade Meetup Details:    

Ganngplank Chandler, AZ

June 2nd  3PM to 5PM


Registration is free and RSVP is not required (but appreciated).

For more information on the Gangplank Chandler event, visit: http://www.meetup.com/GPChandler/events/119874822/

For more information about the national initiative, visit: http://hackforchange.org/

For the public datasets, visit: http://www.hackforchange.org/datasets

For the hacker challenges, visit: http://www.hackforchange.org/challenges

What is a hacker?

A hacker is someone who uses a minimum of resources and a maximum of brainpower and ingenuity to create, enhance or fix something.

Civic hackers, as we think about it for the National Day of Civic Hacking, are engineers, technologists, civil servants, community members, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs – anybody who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent open source solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, and our country.

Additional Sponsors include:

Intel, Rally for Impact, Code for Good, Second Muse, Socrata, and Edelman.


David Monaghan

david@gangplankhq.com, 602-492-2281

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CityCampAZ Recap

It was a good day for Arizona government.  We had council members and staff from several cities.  They came from as far as Tucson and Avondale to participate.  We had citizens and students.  Together they sat and they discussed sessions that were important to them as part of an Open Space CityCamp.  A sampling of the sessions:

  • What OpenSource API is right for you?
  • Why is the urban forest important?
  • Is there such thing as “TMI”?
  • “One Click” to information
  • Opening transit data
  • How do we get more citizens involved?
  • What do we want our cities to be?
  • Building community through community gardens
  • Making the legislative process open and accessible
  • City mobile development (Common needs, collaboration, etc)
  • What do residents want from a city website?
  • How do we make government less boring?
  • Data governance for public exposure
  • What data does the public want to have access to from the state/government?
  • Fostering and enabling an app/dev community
  • Welcome to the 21st century
  • Apps for Arizona
  • What attracts people to a place?
  • What happens next?


We are looking to do more CityCamp’s throughout the state.  There is already discussion underway about doing something in Tucson this fall.  Let’s keep the dialog alive.

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CityCamp Arizona – Opening Arizona Government

What: CityCamp Arizona

When: February 15, 2011

Where: City of Chandler City Complex (Downtown Library 22 South Delaware)


CityCamp Arizona will bring together people like yourself to share ideas to improve local government. CityCamp is an unconference focused toward the participants sharing insights and experiences and taking action to bring about the significant, positive change our communities need. At an unconference, content is created and organized by participants. This format provides an excellent opportunity for an active, creative, open exchange geared toward action. Afterall, innovation is only possible when good ideas are shared and well executed.

CityCamp Arizona, like other CityCamps, has four main goals:

  1. Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, programmers, designers, citizens, and journalists to share perspectives and insights about the cities in which they live;
  2. Create and maintain patterns for using the Web to facilitate local government transparency and effective local governance;
  3. Foster communities of practice and advocacy on the role of the Web, mobile communication, online information, and open data in cities; and
  4. Create outcomes that participants will act upon after the event is over.

By taking part in CityCamp Arizona you will be able to explore ideas, lessons learned, and strategies that can be implemented in your organization and shared across municipalities, anywhere in the world. Of particular interest will be social, collaborative, and participatory efforts, organizational culture, overcoming obstacles, and technology developments, such as mobile applications and open data.

Most importantly, the organizers of CityCamp Arizona recognize that you and your local governments and community organizations have the most direct influence and impact on our daily lives. This event seeks to create innovative and practical solutions to make cities and other local communities more open and “user friendly.”

CityCampAZ is organized by Gangplank and PhxData.

Event social media tag: ccAZ

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