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Hack for Change Miami

6/1/2013 8:30 AM - 6/2/2013 7:00 PM

Hack For Change: Miami is helping build a community of civic innovation in South Florida. A wide variety of individuals and organizations have come together to foster of a culture of open government, civic engagement, sustainability and technology for good.

Hack For Change: Miami will have three different themes:

The Art of Government Data // #artofgovdata

We want participants to explore the use government data as the raw material for artistic expression. What do "we" and "our society" look like when visualized by artists working together with programmers? What do we sound like if composers use government data sets as the fuel for composition?

Sustainability // #code2sustain

How can we leverage environmental data to hack solutions for a more sustainable future? #code2sustain will unlock green data sets for innovators to develop game-changing applications.

Code For America Write-a-thon

No coding experience? No problem. Get started with civic hacking with a write-a-thon for with Miami's new Code For America Brigade and Hacks/Hackers Miami. Your local knowledge, stories and photos will help create and edit a community-driven Wiki about our city that engages visitors and residents.


National Day of Civic Hacking is a national event that will take place June 1-2, 2013, in cities across the nation. The event will bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country. National Day of Civic Hacking will provide citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society.

The event will leverage the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside federal, state and local government to drive meaningful, technology-based solutions for federal, state and local government. It demonstrates what's possible when we all work together to strengthen our society and our lives. YOU can make a difference no matter where you live.


You should participate in National Day of Civic Hacking because the toughest challenges are not one community’s alone to solve. This is a unique opportunity to get involved, connect with others like yourself, and develop technology that will make the world a better place.

o Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.

o Exercise a government’s interest in using open data and technology, in partnership with others, to address your local community’s felt needs.

o Liberate open data that can inform better problem solving in every community.

o Continue to collectively map a national innovation ecosystem and create new access points to that system.

o Engage citizens in cities with little technology infrastructure to contribute to changing their community through open source, open data, entrepreneurship and code development.

o Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education by encouraging students to utilize open technology for solutions to real challenges.

o Encourage large scale partnership and mutual understanding.


Hack For Change: Miami is made possible by a collaborative team of civic innovators.

Richard Bookman - UM Miller School of Medicine

Daniel Lafuente - The LAB Miami

Sawsan Khuri - UM Center for Computational Sciences

Wifredo Fernandez - The LAB Miami

Ernie Hsiung - LYD Labs, Code For America Brigade

Monica Ochaney - code2sustain

Rebekah Monson - Hacks/Hackers, Code For America Brigade

Andrej Kostresevic - New Frontier Nomads

Steven Luis - FIU School of Computing and Information Sciences

Assia Alexandrova - Miami Dade County

Colby Leider - UM Frost School of Music

Chris Sopher - Knight Foundation

Brett Hudson - Knight Foundation

Jaap Donath - Beacon Council

Elaine Chen – Miami Herald/WLRN

Allan Tito - Apperfy

Lyndi Bowman - Beacon Council

Matt Haggman - Knight Foundation

UM Office of Civic and Community Engagement

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