Civic Hacking

2013: Brigade By the Numbers

Posted on by Kevin Curry in Brigade, Civic Hacking

It’s the end of another year and that means it’s time for us to do the thing that everyone does…where they reflect on the year and report the numbers! 2013 was a stellar year for the Brigade. By the Numbers …

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The Brigade Goes International

Posted on by Catherine Bracy in Brigade, Civic Hacking, News

There are currently 31 Code for America Brigades in the U.S. This morning at TEDxCity2.0, I announced that we’re expanding our program internationally — starting Brigades in Ireland, Japan, and Poland. These Brigades are all headed by volunteer Brigade Captains. …

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Announcing the 2013 Brigade Captains

Posted on by Hannah Young in Brigade, Civic Hacking, News

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In 2012, Code for America launched the Brigade program, enacting 16 local chapters. Today we’re excited to announce the addition of 18 new Brigades supported by 31 new Captains. These Brigade Captains will work to collaborate with government to build …

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Creating Safe-Spaces at Hackathons and Beyond

Posted on by Dana Oshiro in Brigade, Civic Hacking, Hackathon

At Code for America, the concept of safe-spaces is a necessity. We’re committed to building apps that are “by the people, and for the people” and we recognize that in order to do that, we need to make room for every …

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Side effects of civic technology partnerships may include healthier cities

Posted on by Christopher Whitaker in Chicago, Civic Hacking, Open Data

One of the success stories in Chicago’s civic innovation community is the rapid spread of health related apps that have come out of both the volunteer civic technology community and paid development efforts. This started last year with Tom Kompare’s …

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10 Ways to Collaborate w/ Gov

Posted on by Hannah Young in Brigade, Civic Hacking, News

Collaborating with local government is one of the defining criteria of a Brigade. To build the most impactful solutions, both government and citizens must have a seat at the table. But collaboration isn’t always easy. It takes commitment from both …

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Brigade Spotlight: A Summer of Civic Hacking

Posted on by Kevin Curry in Brigade, Civic Hacking

Per usual during seasonal transitions we pause to reflect what passed in the season before and what’s ahead. For us this was the Summer of Civic Hacking. It kicked-off the weekend of June 1, the first-ever National Day of Civic …

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Notes from the field: BetaNYC’s PLUTO Hacknights

Posted on by Noel Hidalgo in Brigade, Cities, Civic Hacking, Open Data, Open Gov

For the past month, New York’s civic hackers visited PLUTO. We are not talking about the “formerly” ninth planet, we are talking one of the most important datasets any city could provide as open data — tax lot and zoning …

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Full speed ahead on Streetmix

Posted on by Lou Huang in 2013 Fellow, CfA Labs, Civic Hacking, News, Public Space

Our humble beginnings (photo by Ezra Spier)

Six months ago, the Fellows came together for its first hackathon, and there, we created the initial prototype for Streetmix. Since then, we’ve received so many encouraging responses from users around the world, such as transportation planners in Raleigh, N.C. …

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Notes from the field: BetaNYC #BikeHack

Posted on by Noel Hidalgo in Brigade, Civic Hacking, Collaboration

This week, BetaNYC partnered with OpenShift to demonstrate the swift ability to take a GitHub repo and spin up a number of CitiBike tools. In a developing partnership with NYU Rudin and an ongoing partnership with OpenPlans, civic hackers shared their …