This Saturday, we’ll join thousands of people from around the country to celebrate National Day of Civic Hacking. Organized by Code for America, National Day of Civic Hacking is a very cool concept. It’s a day of action where developers, government employees, designers, journalists, data scientists, non-profit employees, UX designers, and residents who care about their communities come together to host civic tech events leveraging their skills to help their community. It’s community solutions for community issues – and we’re excited to be able to play a small part.
In St. Petersburg, we’re helping host a local event organized by Code for Tampa Bay Brigade that will include opportunities for those who are interested in improving government and community services to develop solutions for a variety of civic challenges. Those challenges include:
Support Our Schools – A project of the St. Petersburg office of Education and Community Engagement that challenges event participants to build a digital platform that provides an easily accessible mode of communication to inform the public about the critical social services relating to successful educational outcomes in the City of St. Petersburg. The project has the secondary goal of connecting providers and resources with the segment of the population with the greatest need.
Parents and students would be able to use this tool to find resources related to mentoring, tutoring, mental health counseling, and medical care. Conversely, mentors, tutors and other service providers should be able to use this tool to volunteer their services.
Healthy St. Pete Initiative – A project which aims for the creation of an application designed for health care providers and social workers to better address food insecurity by showing food banks, pantries and meal providers, showing accessibility along bus routes and other common routes and gathering places.
Economic Landscape App – A project that asks participants to create an application that allows users to search by zip code to help determine current social and economic indicators of community health based on sales tax, crime data, area business classifications, community health issues or trends and educational outcomes. It can also function as a predictive technology to determine how improvements or changes in one or more of these classifications may affect the economic landscape of the area over time.
There will also be a MapJam session, part of a national campaign during which hundreds of mappers came together in nearly 100 cities to map public resources. The Map Jam in St. Pete will be the first one in Florida, and will contribute towards a global open source sharing map linking all of the local maps together.
To participate, register by clicking here. The event is free, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments provided (the event lasts from 8am til 8pm). The first 50 registrants will also receive event t-shirts. And guess what? Our Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg location is enrolling now for summer classes. Click here for the info.