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 are focusing on how to the city can stay resilient in the face of disaster (natural and human-made). Code for San Francisco is partnering with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) to bring an engaging program that will allow participants to learn and experience the ways the City is working with communities to be prepared and connected. NEN will do this with an immersive, interactive exercise that will have people on their feet and learning by doing.

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the 8.0 earthquake off the coast of Mexico, and even the recent heat wave in the Bay Area, we are being constantly reminded of how important recovery and resiliency is in a world with increasing threats, both natural and human-driven. Being prepared is something we all can contribute to. Join us in making San Francisco a more resilient city.

Proceeds from ticket sales and donations collected day of will go to support ongoing relief efforts.

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

Program: A Resilient City

On Saturday, September 23rd, the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) will give an overview of resiliency efforts happening in San Francisco and lead a tabletop exercise with participants.

We'll kickoff the day with an introduction and keynote by Megan Georing to set the tone and wrap time for prototyping, hacking and networking. We'll bring all the great ideas and energy back to our weekly hack nights, which are every Wednesday night. We invite you to continue working with us here after National Day.

8:30 AM Breakfast

Doors open and breakfast provided!

9:00 AM Intro and keynote

Join the Code for San Francisco organizing team to kickoff the day. Megan Goering will set the tone with a keynote on human-centered design. We'll keep her messages in mind throughout the day as we dig deeper into the topic of city resiliency.

9:45 AM City resiliency overview

Before the tabletop, Daniel Homsey, NEN Director and Alicia Johnson, Resilience and Recovery Manager at SFDEM, will give an overview the concept of resiliency and how the City's work relates to it.

10:15 AM Tabletop: immersive disaster response exercise

The Tabletop Exercise is a 90 minute immersive experience that allows you to plan and prepare your response in real-time with your neighbors and community. The exercise will be run by Daniel Homsey. Daniel will guide the participants through the scenario.

After this workshop, attendees should better understand their community’s needs post-disaster, recognize the value of teamwork in addressing those needs, and identify individual and collective investments to attain their internal and external disaster response goals. Ultimately, local stakeholder organizations across all sectors will form a higher level of connection with one another.

12:00 PM Break for lunch

Lunch will be provided

1:00 PM Human centered design workshop

Using the raw material of our discoveries and questions from the morning, Megan will take us through the steps of using human-centered design to generate problem statements that lead into action. We will simultaneously learn and apply methods of human-centered design to increase the resiliency of our city and our communities.

2:00 PM Moving forward

Having put the ideas and skills together, we have a few hours to build momentum on these projects inspired by the morning’s activities. While we don’t expect complete solutions in a couple hours, we’ll have the chance to scope and build a kernel for projects that can continue at Code for SF weekly hack night or wherever you wish. We'll bring people back together to report out at 5, but you're welcome to stick around later to continue working.

5:00 PM Report out and wrap

What did we learn or work on today? We'll wrap the day with some report out from participants and next steps. Dinner will be provided after.

5:30 PM Dinner, celebration, networking

Let's celebrate the day by breaking bread together. Participants are welcome to continue working on things if they desire until we close, but there will be no more formal programming after dinner.

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Thank you to our partners:

Neighborhood Empowerment Network: The NEN is a cross sector cohort of agencies which develop tools and resources that empower communities to craft culturally competent resilience action plans that guide their investments at the individual, organizational and community wide levels.

SF Department of Emergency Management: The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) manages and prepares for everyday and not-so-everyday emergencies. Their dispatchers answer 9-1-1 when you call. Their planners help you prepare for disaster and manage our response and recovery. Their team manages the homeland security priorities for the San Francisco Bay Area.

DataSF: DataSF's mission is to empower use of data. They seek to transform the way the City works through the use of data. They believe use of data and evidence can improve our operations and the services we provide. This ultimately leads to increased quality of life and work for San Francisco residents, employers, employees and visitors.


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