Leading up to the big yearly event, the National Day of Civic Hacking which will be held from June 5-7th at the Microsoft Offices in Kendall Square, Code for Boston hosted a packed-to-the-brim Weekly Hack Night this past Tuesday, May 5th. Roughly 50 attendees showed up to hack on existing projects like Ungentry and Finda, and to explore new challenges, collaborate on creative problem solving, and meet fellow technologists and civic hackers.
Also in attendance were two of the three Code for America Fellows working in Somerville this year. Alex Soble and Mari Muraki presented their work thus far with the Somerville schools and Early Childhood Education.
“It was great to see how excited people were to see what the Fellows were working on,” said Code for Boston Community Manager Lyre Calliope. “It was a great example of how Code for Boston helps blend Code for America’s Brigade and Fellowship programs together.”
New member attendance has been on the rise since the weather has warmed up and Code for Boston looks to head into our 3rd annual NDoCH with an energized and excited group.
Existing teams that formed at our CodeAcross event in February continued to work on their projects created at that weekend’s hackathon including a team from the Town of Wilmington that is working on integrating property information to build a comprehensive property dashboard for the town.
“It’s great to see people taking ownership of their projects and really pushing them forward,” said Matt Cloyd, Code for Boston’s Lead Organizer. “Hackathons are great for starting projects but not necessarily maintaining them, so it’s great that people are using these hack nights for that kind of thing.”
Moving forward, Code for Boston is looking to keep the energy up for our hack nights leading up to and following into NDoCH. We love seeing new people at our weekly hack nights and are always thrilled to see them jump in on existing projects or to come with problems of their own. Tuesday night’s hack night was a great example of firing on all cylinders and we can’t wait for the next one.