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National Day of Civic Hacking

Event Case Study

REDI and CodeMontage partnered to create a curated National Day of Civic Hacking (NDoCH) experience for REDI employees and the developer community at-large. The event had a high social impact and created an environment of learning and engagement for community members and REDI employees.

A light breakfast was served, followed by keynotes from Josh Schubkegel and Vanessa Hurst to begin the day.
Teams formed around Social Impact themes and projects.
Leaders from Social Impact projects worked directly with developers.
A Help Desk was formed making sure each participant found a project they were passionate about.
“Brown Bag lunches from Mom” were served.
Coding continued into the early evening.
Teams presented their work.
Celebrated the day with Brooklyn Beer.

38 people attended REDI in NYC
40% of participants were women coders
5 social good organizations received contributions and visibility for their open source projects

Causes Represented:
Civic Engagement
Economic Empowerment
Open Data
Poverty Alleviation
Accessibility for the disabled community

Social Impact Project Highlights

1. Quill is a web-based tool that provides personalized, interactive grammar lessons for middle school students. Coders helped improve the experience of students and teachers through several new features and bug fixes. Click here to read more.

2. NYC Economic Empowerment works to empower, protect, and educate New Yorkers with low-incomes so that they can build assets and make the most of their financial resources. At the National Day of Civic Hacking, coders spent the day building a financial counseling services tool.

3. 411 Housing Info of NYC helps make it easier to live in New York City by creating a one-stop shop for housing information, from legal resources to affordability programs to violations searches. Teams spent the day building a prototype.

4. Ability Anyware’s vision is to disseminate assistive technology (AT) news that facilitates the accessibility, inclusion, safety, employment, self-determination, creativity, and dignified recognition of persons with disabilities. Coders at the National Day of Civic Hacking designed a survey to assess assistive technology needs in the disability community. The survey was live by the end of the event and Ability Anyware already sent it out to receive feedback from constituents for additional audio and alternative formats.

To see a Vine of the day, click here.

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