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Your President Wants You To Hack: Civic Hacking for Fun, Profit, and Good Karma

Bret Fisher
February 23, 2013

Your President Wants You To Hack: Civic Hacking for Fun, Profit, and Good Karma

For startup entrepreneurs at a Norfolk, VA event. A call to create startups with a civic focus, and also to volunteer to make your city better. For Code Across America Weekend.

Bret Fisher

February 23, 2013

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  1. Alternate title: Civic Hacking for Fun and Profit (and good

    karma) Your President Wants You to Hack
  2. Volunteerism or Business Profit? Answer: Yes, and either/or

  3. Hi I'm Bret I'm here because of the awesome people

    I met at Start Norfolk 2012 Co-Founder of 1yr-old web startup Volunteer: Code for America Brigade In tech for nearly 20 years (yea I'm kinda old)
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  5. CodeForVirginiaBeach.org

  6. “(I want) hackers to work on stuff that matters.” -

    Tim O’Reilly, 2008 "We're not going to fix government until we fix citizenship" - Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director of Code for America Do Stuff That Matters
  7. What Civic Hacking is NOT

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  12. What Civic Hacking IS

  13. What Civic Hacking IS

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  17. Volunteerism or Business Profit? Answer: Yes, and either/or

  18. Civic App Examples http://www.textizen.com http://answers.honolulu.gov/ http://seeclickfix.com/ http://blockee.org/ http://adoptahydrant.org/ https://github.com/codeforamerica/adopt-a-hydrant

  19. What is Civic Hacking? LEAD AND ORGANIZE Organize civic-minded technologists

    where you live around Brigade activities and campaigns. OPEN CIVIC DATA Build digital libraries in your community. Help publish and curate open civic data. DEPLOY AND MARKET CIVIC APPS Bring civic apps to your city. Change the way your city uses web and mobile software to operate. WORK WITH YOUR CITY TO OPEN GOVERNMENT Collaborate with the city to open civic data, use open source software, and make government more open. CONTRIBUTE TO OPEN SOURCE, CIVIC SOFTWARE Write code, create graphics, write copy while collaborating with other civic-minded developers. Organize!!! Find data and put it online Get people to use apps Help gov open by default Write software using gov data
  20. Volunteerism or Business Profit? Answer: Yes, and either/or

  21. Most Important Step Start Then Keep Starting

  22. Where do I get all this free software?

  23. Join Us - CodeForVirginiaBeach.org Today: 2-3 get your blog or

    website up Today: 3-4 github.com getting started Meet every Wednesday at 6pm in Norfolk and VB (rotates every week) Bret Fisher: bret@codeforamerica.org @BretFisher Kevin Curry: kevin@codeforamerica.org @kmcurry
  24. Resources for Your Startup Read: Lean Startup, Rework, 4-Hour Work

    Week Others: The Thank You Economy, Custom Nation Talent Pool: elance.com, 99designs.com Keep coming to events: siliconanchornews.com
  25. Zero Coding Websites and Blogs Free blog: Wordpress.com or Tumblr.com

    Sell something physical: shopify.com Cheap/Free web sites wix.com or squarespace.com