August 17th, 2020

Hey there, amazing friends.

While it’s true that we aren’t gathering for hack nights or huddling around conference room whiteboards right now, we have more opportunities than ever to collaborate across borders and barriers, and to use data and technology for good. Here are just a few opportunities to log on and dive in!

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WATCH PARTY
Police Open Data Portal Tour, Wednesday, August 19th, 9:00 AM Pacific  Learn more >>
Join this viewing and discussion of a video tour showing an open data portal from one of the smaller police departments participating in the Police Data Initiative community of practice. – Civic Hacker Network on Facebook

WEBINAR
How to Get Data From Your Website / App That You’ll Actually Use   Sign Up Here>>   
If you have questions about how to measure the success of your app, or assess your digital outreach efforts, then this free webinar is for you!

CONNECT / NETWORK
Why We Hack, Thursday, September 17th, 5:30 PM Pacific  Registration Info>>
Join us for a virtual community discussion in a fun format (i.e., NOT A ZOOM!) while connecting with like-minded people.

EVENTS
NASA International Space Apps Challenge, October 2-4
Now in its 9th year, Space Apps is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. This year’s event will be virtual, and the theme is “Take Action” — a critical reminder that you can still make a difference while staying safe at home.

National Day of Civic Hacking, September 12th
Code for America and its Brigade network hosts this annual day of action for civic leaders, public servants, designers, coders, and engaged citizens to tackle some of our toughest challenges, in partnership with local government and community groups. This year’s virtual activities will focus on helping those most in need of social safety net services.

CONFERENCES
Civic Hacker Summit
The call for speakers is open for the next Civic Hacker Summit! With so much good work progressing in the midst of significant shifts for key aspects of civil society around the globe, there will be much to cover. Sign up here to help us include your work, and pass along the sign-up link to organizations you think the Network should learn about.

Good Tech Fest
In May, Good Tech Fest was held virtually for the first time and engaged over 1,500 people from 42 countries around the world. This year they are also doing deeper dive events on some great topics: “Race, Data, and Justice”, “Data Governance”, “Data Science”, and “Data Collection”.

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