June 2nd, 2014
Brooklyn, NY — On May 31st and June 1st, hackers in over 100 cities contributed to the National Day of Civic Hacking. Programmers, designers, and just about anyone interested in governments, businesses, or nonprofits collaboratively helped improve communities through technology. They worked on innovative civic projects that ranged from improving the transparency of government data to empowering communities with information or learning tools.
At an event hosted by REDI and CodeMontage in NYC, the day started with an African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Vanessa Hurst, the organizer, wished everyone the best as they started on their journey towards a “wonderful tech empowered citizenry.”
While Quill is grateful for anyone and everyone who took the time out of their day to participate to the National Day of Civic Hacking, there are a few contributors they would like to personally thank:
- Zhen Zhou redesigned the site footer so that users can engage Quill with questions or comments without ever leaving the homepage.
- Jahde Jedda helped Quill fine tune their Vagrant installation process and added some features to streamline the user experience on Quill.
- Brian Davidson optimized the usability of Cofactor by adding navigation buttons to Contentify, an open source tool for collaboratively developing interactive education.
- Ingrid Spielman provided ideas, was a huge help in documenting the day, and was essential to our outreach.
- Josh Schubkegel volunteered the REDI offices for a day of civic hacking.
- And finally, Elaine Marino and Vanessa Hurst, who took the time to organize and moderate this amazing event!