Code Across Weekend: What is Civic Hacking Anyways?

Code for Atlanta Captain, Luigi Montanez welcomes guests.

Code for Atlanta Captain, Luigi Montanez welcomes guests.

Most people spend their Friday nights and Saturday mornings out having fun, unwinding from a long week. Not civic hackers! The first weekend of March 2016 was Code Across, a 24 hour event where the tech savvy- those capable of designing apps, websites and complex data algorithms - spend time with nonprofits and government agencies to create new products and services for the public good. 

Projects for the weekend included efforts to match dialysis patients with free rides, an app to help volunteers map the conditions of city sidewalks, a polling place wait time estimator, a service to help homeless shelters track the number of available beds and an infographic to help high-skilled immigrants navigate the difficult system to transfer their credentials in the US. CCI got in on the action and worked with an awesome team to create a local voter website. We think voting in everything from your Neighborhood Planning Unit board elections all the way up to your mayor should be as easy as putting your address in a website. We hope to have a completed site in the next few months!

If you have never been to a Code for Atlanta event, check them out here. You don't need to be an expert in technology to have a good time or give back. Anyone who is enthusiastic about technology and civic improvement is welcome to attend!