Civic Engagement

A Weekly Miami Event to Build, Share and Learn about Civic Tech

Code for Miami is a collective of locals who are committed to using technology to improve Miami’s civic engagement, relationship between local government and the citizenry and the overall quality of life of the community. We’re proposing the continuation and expansion of our weekly Civic Hack Nights; a weekly gathering for those who want to find innovative ways to better their communities. A “Hack Night” is for those that want to:

 

- get work done on civic projects

- start a new project, or find one to join (all backgrounds welcome!)

- bounce ideas and get help from tech and government experts

- learn about open data, smart cities, and open government.

 

While we encourage folks learning how to code to use Code for Miami as a way of sharpening their technical skills while learning about civic tech, we also invite non-technical folk to join, especially by teaming up with our community’s designers and developers. This is important as the best civic tech ideas come from teams with a diverse background.

 

From these gatherings, we have spun off tech projects, large-scale events and taught dozens of Miamians what it means to use technology to be good citizens. We think we can do a lot more and look forward to what a more civically engaged Miami could bring.

Who are you?

Code for Miami consists of a group of citizen developers, designers, data geeks, leaders, and idea-makers. We are all volunteers that contribute our talents toward improving the way our local governments and community organizations use the web.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Code for Miami harnesses the power of individuals who want to create change in the community by providing an opportunity for like-minded people to collaborate on transformative projects that benefit local government, organizations and the community at large. A more civically engaged population is integral to our future and quality of life, and the type of projects addressed during Hack Night impact everything from greater awareness of sea level rise to easier access to legislative information.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Volunteer rates: In our first year of our Civic Hack Nights, we’ve had weekly turn-outs of 5-40 people, with a median of 15-20 people a week donating two hours a night. That’s 2,000 person-hours spent using tech to be civically engaged.

Voter participation and policy awareness: several projects address these topics, such as open source budget visualizations and web applications that track Florida legislature.

Participation of Miami young adults: More than 75% of our attendees are 18-36.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Florida Bill Tracker, created by two core members, was recognized at the White House at an event honoring Open Government and Civic Hacking Champions of Change

MiamiDadeCode.org, which provides the municipal code of the county in an accessible, understandable format
Created MiamiOpenData.org and expanded MiamiWiki.org

Organized Miami’s first National Day of Civic Hacking and CodeAcross; both now annual events

Make civic engagement tangible to young Miamians passionate about tech.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Code for Miami

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