This year will be the 9th annual iOSDevCamp held in San Jose, California, and we are adding something new. We are adding a Civic Hacking track, so you can easily find other like-minded people who want to work on apps for good. Look for anyone wearing a blue bracelet, and get your own at the registration table. Here are some project ideas to get your juices flowing:
iOSDevCamp is a three day hackathon where hundreds of the best developers come together to collaborate. The three days include keynote speakers, presentations, networking opportunities, and building your project team. The event concludes with awards and prizes to recognize and celebrate the contributions of attendees over the three days. iOSDevCamp is open to everyone, whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned engineer, designer, project manager, writer, etc. Registration is still open and will continue to be available until Friday July 10.
The last few years have seen an explosion of weekly civic hacking gatherings all over America. Civic Hackers are people who are convinced that citizens can improve how something works in our public spaces. Instead of thinking about government officials as “them,” civic hackers look for ways to partner with employees of local, state and federal governments, as well as other engaged citizens. Refreshingly, I don’t see a lot of political ideology at civic hacking events. Instead, there is a focus on making government (or government services) easier to interact with, easier to understand, faster, or more transparent.
I spent far too many years of my life angry at public services that didn’t work the way I thought they should, or at public officials that had “wronged” me by making me wait too long in line. But as I learn more about the challenges of running large organizations (i.e., governments), limited public funding, and how hard it is to make technology that does what we want it to, I have a different perspective. Maybe people in government have the same frustrations I had? Maybe they want to provide better services, or maybe they hate the same problems? Maybe I can help by bringing my unique skills to civic life?
If you enjoy the Civic Hacking track at iOSDevCamp and want to get more involved, Code for America has more than 5,000 people involved in Brigades across the world, many with weekly events:
Want to suggest other places where civic hackers gather? Please add them to the comments below.