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)

Why:

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.

Contact:

David Monaghan

david@gangplankhq.com, 602-492-2281

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