The National Day of Civic Hacking is an international event for people to focus on improving their community. Thousands of people from around the world will tackle civic-oriented projects around open data, disaster relief, mapping, safety and justice, economic development, and other topics.

Here in San Francisco, we will focus less on simple building projects like a normal hackathon and instead work to help our projects become more user-centered. Our 2-day event, organized by Code for San Francisco and designed by CivicMakers, will have workshops on user research, human-centered design, technical spec'ing, and other activities designed to help a project be impactful. Urbanists, civic hackers, developers, designers, marketers, students, government staff, and passionate residents will join together to ensure what we build is actually used by the people in our city.

We invite you to join us: participate in the weekend, sponsor the event, or partner with us.

Human-Centered Design + National Day of Civic Hacking

Code for San Francisco has produced many projects over its 3 year life. However, we recognize that most did not have the impact we wanted, largely because we built for and not with people. With that in mind, we are undergoing a radical culture shift towards including our end users in our project concepting, design, development, and launch processes, all in service of creating greater impact. This shift has been underway for the past few months, but will launch on this National Day of Civic Hacking.

June 4-5 is not the culmination of our work to become more human-centered, but rather is the publicized beginning of our journey towards greater impact in the City in which we live, work, and play. This weekend will help National Day of Civic Hacking participants to understand why this journey is important, it will help them build their skills to journey smoothly, and it will help them help San Francisco effectively.

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