Civic Hacking?

Civic Hacking describes the nascent community of civic-minded coders, makers, and others who come together to build apps and tools to benefit their communities and change the face of democracy using open government data.

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Join us for the 2016 National Day of Civic Hacking

You can help

Are you interested in meeting other cool people and making Michiana better? We need coders, artists, organizers, writers, makers and more. You don’t have to be a programmer or developer to participate. You can help!

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Thanks for Attending CodeAcross 2015

Wondering what a “National Day of Civic Hacking” looks like in Michiana? Check out what we accomplished last year with people just like you! Our participants and sponsors made the 2015 CodeAcross Michiana Hack-a-thon a huge success, with teams working on projects like Tree Hugger SB, Adopt a Lot SB and a digital census of the City of South Bend's online resources. Our sponsors included: The Branch Coworking, City of South Bend, Code for America, and Indiana University South Bend.

Upcoming Events

National Day of Civic Hacking

Indiana University South Bend

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hack Michiana will join with thousands of people from across the US for the 2016 National Day of Civic Hacking. The event will bring together civic hackers, urbanists, developers, designers, community organizers, government staff, and anyone with a passion to make our communities better. Let's join together to collaboratively build new solutions to improve our community and local government. Anyone can participate; you don't have to be an expert in technology, you just have to care about your neighborhood and community.

National challenges for the Michiana chapter include:

  • Victim and Underserved Support - Are you passionate about victim advocacy or affordable housing? Interested in bridging the gap between the need for food assistance or access to one’s criminal record and the application processes?
  • Entrepreneurs - Examine the process involved in starting a business
  • Workforce Training and Development - leverage data provided by the White House and the University of Chicago, among other institutions, to develop products and prototypes
  • Data Visualization - Use data visualization to tell the story of Promise Zones
Read more about the National Challenges. If the ticket price is a limiting factor in your attendance, please contact us as a limited number of need based discounts are available.

Check out the Event Wiki page for details on each selected project.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Bennion, IU South Bend Professor of Political Science

When and Where

June 4, 2016 -- 9am to 6pm

Indiana University South Bend
Arts & Education Building
1800 W. Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46615


9:00 am
Registration, Coffee, & Networking
9:30 am
Welcome & Introductions
10:00 am
Form Teams
10:30 am
Hacking, Designing, Building, & Dreaming Begins
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Continue Hacking
5:00 pm
Refreshments and Final Presentations
6:00 pm


Registration required. The fee being charged will help offset the cost of food, refreshments and T-Shirt.

  • Participant $15
  • Students - Email the organizer for a special discount code

Register by clicking here

Code for America
Indiana University
The Branch South Bend


Hack Michiana is an opportunity for individuals to be engaged citizens and take an active role in our community. We need engineers, technologists, civil servants, community builders, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs, project managers (are you reading all people, all skills? that's what's needed) - anybody who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods and our community. There are so many advantages for a community that has these community building events, such as creating space for innovation and spurring economic opportunity. Not to mention, you could increase your personal network and perhaps learn a new skill. Join us for this chance for our community to get inspired and get involved. Join us to hack for change and help reboot citizenship.

Code of Conduct

Regular Meetings

Second Thursday of each month @ 5:30pm

The Branch
105 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Suite 500
South Bend, IN 46601


I hear about "hackers" in the news. Isn't hacking bad? - To us, a hacker is someone who uses a minimum of resources and a maximum of brainpower and ingenuity to create, enhance or fix something. Although in some circumstances it is used in a negative sense, the term is not inherently negative, nor does it even have to be related to technology.

Who can participate in Hack Michiana? - Anyone can participate in any National Day of Civic Hacking event, throughout the country. To have a successful event, we are going to need people from all backgrounds, with a broad range of skills. We'll need engineers, technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs -- anyone who has a passion for changing their community and is willing to contribute.

Read this great blog post - Do I have to be a programmer?

Can my company or organization get involved? How? -Absolutely! We're looking for help in the following areas:
1. Contribute data, code, or a challenge to support the event.
2. Support the planning of Hack Michiana by contributing resources or funding.
3. Promote Hack Michiana and encourage subject matter experts, employees, and citizens to participate.
4. Attend Hack Michiana!

Can city, state and federal government help? - We are looking for city, state and federal government agencies who are interested in supporting events in their communities around the nation. Support by government and/or city leadership may include:
1. Contribute data, code, or a challenge to support the event.
2. Promote Hack Michiana and encourage subject matter experts, employees, and citizens to participate.
3. Attend Hack Michiana!

Challenges & Examples

Challenges from NDoCH site - A curated list of challenges from Federal Government Departments and Agencies.

Open City - Civic Apps Built with Open Data.

Code for Tulsa Projects - Code for Tulsa creates and maintains civic apps for Tulsa.

City of Houston Sample Projects - These projects are closely aligned to Mayor Annise Parker's Priorities. They also represent noticeable pain points for the City.

Hack Kansas City - Project pitches.

Code for Philly - Civic Projects Directory.

HackForChangeNashville - Project ideas.


Datasets and Resources from NDoCH site - A curated list of datasets.

Data.Gov - Open Data Sites.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Web Services.
FAA - Web Services catalog.

Open Government Platform - OGPL To Promote Transparency And Citizen Engagement.

The Nation's Report Card (Data tools) - The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.

State of Indiana - SEARCH: Data.