June 1-2, 2013 marked the first National Day of Civic Hacking (NDCH) in the United States, in collaboration with Random Hacks of Kindness. NDCH “brings together citizens, software developers, entrepreneurs, and content managers to 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.”
In short, great for tech and media community nerds everywhere!
But what does this have to do with sexual health?
Well, on September 13, 14, and 15, 2013, Oakland, California will host the first ever TransH4ck: Hackathon for Transgender Empowerment to “develop solutions and build web content or mobile products that can create meaningful social change for the transgender community.”
If you are in Oakland, San Francisco, anywhere in California, or have the means and interest to travel, civic hackathons are a great way to build community and collectively create a path toward a publicly mined digital future – one that is regulated by the people for the people. The rules for TransH4ck are as follows:
- Must be a web app or a Windows, Mac or Linux desktop app that will positively benefit the trans and gender nonconforming community.
- Everything must be built during the hours of the event. However, you can come prepared with mockups or wireframes that represent your idea.
Keep in mind, Hackathons are not only for the technologically inclined – they are for everyone! If you are not a data nerd or web programmer, but you are transgender, a community advocate, a social media guru, a blogger, or simply an excellent organizer, Hackathons need you! Here is a great blog post from Hack for Change Western Mass about why hackathons are for everyone and why everyone should be a hack (ok, hacker).
Perform a random hack of kindness. Register for TransH4ck!
If you can’t make it to Oakland in September, organize a civic hacking event in your community.