Civic Hacking

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August 22, 2012

Civic Hacking

An introduction to Civic Hacking at Campus Party Europe.



August 22, 2012


  1. Civic Hacking Alper Cugun - Hack the Government

  2. “Coders of the world unite!”

  3. Workshop

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  9. Structure • Questions welcome • Reflections on the things we

    did: • The good • The not so good
  10. “We, the Web kids; we, who have grown up with

    the Internet and on the Internet”
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  12. Goal • Build machines that do our politics for us

    • That make life better for ordinary citizens • In every country of the EU • Create systems that improve systems
  13. Changing Things

  14. “And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing

    more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.” —Machiavelli
  15. Talk is the enemy.

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  19. Conditions • Internet based • Maker centric • Barbarian •

  20. 1. Find Cool People 2. Make Crazy Awesome Stuff 3.

    Organize yourself A Recipe
  21. 1. Find Cool People

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  23. Messiness is a core value.

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  26. Lessons • Start tiny • Find allies • Hacker time

    is valuable • Give makers what they want • Expectations shape outcomes
  27. Issues • High cost in time and effort • Bigger

    and better syndrome • Almost impossible to maintain quality • Bandwagon effect • What to do with non-makers?
  28. Your turn • Think about who you would like to

    do his stuff with • E-mail them for a get together with beers • Get together • Repeat bigger
  29. 2. Make Crazy Awesome Stuff

  30. Make something that annoys you better.

  31. “The cost of assessing risk is now often greater than

    the cost of failing.” —Joi Ito
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  37. Lessons • Just build • Easier to ask permission than

    forgiveness • Don’t be afraid to tackle serious problems • Translate itches of others who can’t build things • Keep it fun
  38. Issues • Maker fatigue, been there done that • Other

    people’s problems • Prototype/mashup ceiling
  39. Your turn • Write one scraper • Build a single

    serving web app • Make a screenshot mockup how a certain government process could be improved • and share it…
  40. 3. Organize yourself

  41. Premature optimization organization is the root of all evil.

  42. Foundation • Hack de Overheid • Open State Foundation •

    Sunlight Foundation • Open Knowledge Foundation
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  44. Lessons • Keeping the attention focused • Don’t become what

    you hate (though this is cyclical) • Take corporate money without becoming lame • Growing pains
  45. Task • Don’t do anything just right now.

  46. General Takeaways • Stay true to your community • Use

    every advantage • Don’t be shy of money • Get close to politicians and media • Give people what they want • Live up to your image
  47. 1. Find Cool People 2. Make Crazy Awesome Stuff 3.

    Formalize into an Organization Summarizing
  48. Thanks! @alper or