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Sunday, March 15 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hacking the Hackathon for the Social and Civic Good

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We all know what hackathons are about. But what if we don’t?
In the last two years, civic hackathons have been popping up across the US, breathing new life into what has traditionally been a commercial concept. These civic hackers focus not only on building new apps with open data, but also on expanding the ability of less technically-proficient users to interact with the data driving decisions in their communities.
Now, this shift away from prize money all-nighters toward technological volunteerism has manifested as blended civic and social good hackathons with projects largely driven by activists and non-profit organizations in need of solutions, support, or expertise they do not have the resources to acquire on their own.
By reimagining hackathons into platforms for social innovation you create the opportunity for digital creatives to come forward with their core talents and skill sets in order to address local issues through a focus on community-sourced solutions.

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Claire Dunn

Digital Producer, Spredfast
Claire Dunn is currently a digital producer helping organizations build meaningful relationships with their audiences through engaging social media experiences. She worked in collaboration to conceptualize and develop ATX Hack for Change and served as lead organizer for the event’s... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB