Whew! That was tons of fun.
Once again National Day of Civic Hacking was a success. With two days of focused community work, food and conversation we made progress on multiple community fronts.
Friday night was Charlotte’s first ever Community Needs Assessment night addressed economic mobility, digital government services, how to make government more accessible and how to reach our most vulnerable communities. By using Code for Charlotte’s Community Needs Assessment Canvas our conversation is directed towards each key aspect of problem statement, resources, partners and solutions. To help spur these conversations
Saturday morning started with coffee and donuts as we excitedly welcomed DJ Patil to Charlotte. DJ the White House Chief Data Scientist, was able to join us for the morning and early afternoon. DJ spoke to a captivated audience of civic hackers about national data initiatives, how local data is being used to reduce excessive force from police officers, and inspire us all to investigate the huge amount of data coming out of the White House and local governments. It was awe inspiring. We are so grateful for the time he spent with us and how truly “cool” he is.
Saturday was dedicated to projects. We had several projects available CMPD Winter Gift, Citygram, Charlotte Answers, Balance and Localwiki. Each project had specific tasks laid out and a way from a new volunteer to walk up and make a contribution the same day.
Over the weekend we had two video participants, Queen’s University of Charlotte and Expedition STEM came to film the event and interviewed Jill Bjers, DJ Patil and others. We are very excited to see the videos and photos.
Thank you to everyone that came out, shared your time and expertise. We hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as we did!