Hack Michiana presents

Community as Capacity

Where citizens and programmers solve community issues.

Civic Hacking?

Civic Hacking describes the nascent community of civic hackers who are building apps and tools that benefit their communities and are changing the face of democracy using open government data.

Click the "Read more" button for more information about Civic Hacking and about the National Day of Civic Hacking National event.

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You can help

We need coders, artists, organizers, writers, and makers ... anyone who wants to volunteer to meet other cool people and make a better Michiana. No coding skills are necessary!

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Event Information

The Hack Michiana event will be held on Saturday 7/19/2014 from 9:00 to 5:00 at IUSB in South Bend. Sign up to participate.

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Code for America Indiana University Indiana University
South Bend, IN

Community as Capacity is a a day-long workshop packed with mini-classes, discussions, and collaborative activities where you can:

-- Become acquainted with the power of civic hacking:

-- Learn to use the City of South Bend’s most sophisticated online resources to get the latest on current improvement projects and identify where more City-citizen creativity is needed.

-- Hear the latest updates from City leaders about current and future technological innovations the City of South Bend is undertaking.

Code of Conduct

1700 W Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46615

Saturday, 7/19/2014 from 9:00 to 5:00

Saturday, July 19th
9:00 am Civic Hacking at IUSB.

8:30 - Check-in and registration, coffee, meet and greet
9:00 - Deputy Mayor Mark Neal
9:10 - Opening remarks and event overview
10:15 - Data Basics (City website, Open Data Portal and more)
10:15 - Begin Hacking/Pitching Ideas
11:00 - Breakout Sessions (Hacking continues)
12:00 - Working lunch
4:00 - Project Lead check-in with organizers (go over deliverables, prepare for cleanup)
4:10 - Coding stops. Wrap up. (push stuff live, commit source, plan for post-hackathon work if needed)
4:20 - Presentations and feedback
5:00 - Close

Registration required. The small fee being charged will help offset the cost of lunch and refreshments.

Online event registration for Hack Michiana - Day of Civic Hacking powered by Eventbrite

Event organizers

Beth Harsch - Event Lead

Dan Neumann - Co-lead
Doug Hill - Webmaster

I hear about "hackers" in the news. Isn't hacking bad? - To us, a hacker is someone who uses a minimum of resources and a maximum of brainpower and ingenuity to create, enhance or fix something. Although in some circumstances it is used in a negative sense, the term is not inherently negative, nor does it even have to be related to technology.

Who can participate in Hack Michiana? - Anyone can participate in any National Day of Civic Hacking event, throughout the country. To have a successful event, we are going to need people from all backgrounds, with a broad range of skills. We'll need engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs -- anyone who has a passion for changing their community and is willing to contribute.

Read this great blog post - Do I have to be a programmer?

Can my company or organization get involved? How? -Absolutely! We're looking for help in the following areas:
1. Contribute data, code, or a challenge to support the event.
2. Support the planning of Hack Michiana by contributing resources or funding.
3. Promote Hack Michiana and encourage subject matter experts, employees, and citizens to participate.
4. Attend Hack Michiana on 7/19/2014!

Can city, state and federal government help? - We are looking for city, state and federal government agencies who are interested in supporting events in their communities around the nation. Support by government and/or city leadership may include:
1. Contribute data, code, or a challenge to support the event.
2. Promote Hack Michiana and encourage subject matter experts, employees, and citizens to participate.
3. Attend Hack Michiana on 7/19/2014!

The National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that will take place May 31 - June 1, 2014, in cities across the nation. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. The National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society. The event will leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside federal, state and local government to drive meaningful, technology-based solutions for federal, state and local government. It demonstrates what's possible when we all work together to strengthen our society and our lives.

Watch the videos below for more information about Civic Hacking.

What's This Hack Thing?
By Beth Harsch

I am not a techie. For me, and thanks to McGee on NCIS, "hack" equaled breaking into computer networks. Can you relate? Now my knowledge has grown some, but I admit that I have a long way to go. Recently, I've been exchanging emails with folks all across the country as we each plan our own local version of National Day of Civic Hacking. In various locations across the nation, many have found resistance with the term "hack." It seems that I wasn't the only one with a limited knowledge of this term. Apparently, it's not just about breaking into computers. Who knew?

I Committed an Act of Civic Hacking
By Dan Neumann

I Committed an Act of Civic Hacking. And you can, too! The weekend of July 19th will be the Day of Civic Hacking. While helping to organize the Hack Michiana event, I discovered that I committed an act of hacking. Let me share it with you, and then make a case for you to join the hacking on July 19th in South Bend.

My hacking started with something I found annoying. Every day I drove to work, I passed by any number of houses that must have had municipal code violations. Code violations are things like grass more than nine inches tall, broken windows, those sorts of things; they create major quality of life issues for the city's residents. It was never clear whether the city knew about the problem, or not, and if anything was happening with the matter.

Challenges from NDoCH site - A curated list of challenges from Federal Government Departments and Agencies.

Open City - Civic Apps Built with Open Data.

Code for Tulsa Projects - Code for Tulsa creates and maintains civic apps for Tulsa.

City of Houston Sample Projects - These projects are closely aligned to Mayor Annise Parker's Priorities. They also represent noticeable pain points for the City.

Hack Kansas City - Project pitches.

Code for Philly - Civic Projects Directory.

HackForChangeNashville - Project ideas.

Datasets and Resources from NDoCH site - A curated list of datasets.

Data.Gov - Open Data Sites.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Web Services.
FAA - Web Services catalog.

Open Government Platform - OGPL To Promote Transparency And Citizen Engagement.

The Nation's Report Card (Data tools) - The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.

State of Indiana - SEARCH: Data.