Posted on 6/3/2015

Empowering Detroit’s civic tech community

As more governments like the City of Detroit are joining the open data movement, a unique way for people to get involved in their communities has emerged. Civic hacking gives people the chance to use publically available data — and their imaginations— to develop community-changing ideas. 
Civic hacking events, like those happening around the country on National Day of Civic Hacking, are gaining popularity and making an impact in cities around the country. Ideas coming out of last year’s National Day of Civic Hacking ranged from developing a new platform for nonprofit agencies to manage their volunteer databases to crowdsourcing a map of places in Palo Alto, Calif. that are easily accessible by people with physical challenges.

Getting involved in hacking events is easy. The only skills required are imagination, a passion for improving your community, and the ability to work collaboratively with a team of other passionate people.

We are excited to be working with Automation Alley and Grand Circus Detroit on a civic hacking event for the City of Detroit, called #hack4detroit. While it is not held on National Day of Civic Hacking, it is a civic hacking event I am excited to see on my calendar. 

It is a 24-hour event that will help the city solve a quality-of-life issue. Last year’s #hack4detroit created an app for the Detroit Public Library, and proved to me that Detroit has an energized civic tech community that is only getting stronger.

About the Author

Beth Niblock | City of Detroit


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