This episode our guest Seth Etter explains what civic hacking is and how to get involved in your local area to help better your community. Speaking of community, how about your local dev community? We talk about curating dev communities and some of the challenges and benefits that come along with it.
Also available on:
- Civic Hacking (8:18)
- Open Data (16:21)
- Curating Communities (26:23)
Learn more about civic hacking:
- As for an article to clearly define “civic hacking”, this one nails it https://www.codeforamerica.org/blog/2013/06/07/defining-civic-hacking/
- For checking out what data is available from the national level there is https://www.data.gov/
- Recently the White House released this “opportunity” initiative to call for community leaders to leverage open data for public good, which is very relevant to civic hacking https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/07/fact-sheet-white-house-launches-opportunity-project-utilizing-open-data
- For civic hacking, checking Code For America in general would be good (codeforamerica.org). Also looking at any of their brigades. Smart Chicago is a good organization to check out too http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/
- “Civic Innovation is a new idea, technology or methodology that challenges and improves upon existing processes and systems, thereby improving the lives of citizens or the function of the society that they live within.” — Alex Howard
- Sherlock – (Landon)
- Billy subscription management app – (Jacob)
- Litmus – (Andrew)
- National Day of Civic Hacking – (Seth)
Code, community & civic tech. Sr Dev at @FoundOpenGov. Organizer at @dev_ICT & @OpenWichita. (Opinions my own)
Husband, father, web dev/designer, expert gif'er, oxford comma user, & seeker of awesomeness.
Ever since I was little I was taking computers apart and rebuilding them. Since then I've had various jobs in tech, but eventually I stumbled upon programming and development. The problem solving and engineering of solutions drew me in like moth to flame. I continue to refine my skills and have found my passion for front-end development and Angular. Most of what I learned has been self taught and from mentoring in the community. I can't say enough about how great the community is for development!