Connecting state and local government leaders

National Day of Civic Hacking Gets Even More Local

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Connecting state and local government leaders

The National Day of Civic Hacking on Aug. 11, now in its sixth year, is more locally focused than ever, according to host organization Code for America.

While the civic tech nonprofit used to hold federal challenges, this upcoming Saturday boasts more than 40 events from New York City to Iowa City, Iowa.

Whether they’re hackathons, meet-and-greets or unconferences—where participants vote on an agenda at the start—the events are designed to bring people together to address issues important to their communities.

“We’re seeing more variety,” Christopher Whitaker, brigade program manager for Code for America, told Route Fifty. “I’ve been really excited to see how this day connects local volunteers with their governments to come up with solutions together.”

In 2016, Code for Boston used National Day of Civic Hacking to redesign the city’s youth summer employment program, leading to the development of an algorithm that automatically matches 3,000 applicants with jobs annually.

For this year’s nationwide kickoff event, Code for America and Code for San Francisco are hosting a panel discussion on the future of civic tech featuring experts like Engaging Local Government Leaders Executive Director Kirsten Wyatt. Livestream information is forthcoming.

Most events are held by Code for America brigades, and this year California, Florida and North Carolina all have four cities participating. Find out if your city is participating here.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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