City of Austin Hosts Event Using Data for Social Good

ARTICLE | Mar 2, 2016

CodeAcross Austin 2016, an event focused on developing ideas to use data for civic/social good, will be Saturday, March 5, at St. Edward’s University.

Participants will collaborate, brainstorm and prototype solutions around problems that affect Austin residents within a number of themes and community needs.

The day will revolve around a facilitated workshop that utilizes human-centered design principles and agile design sprints.

Expected are nonprofit leaders, policy experts, civil servants, urbanists, community organizers, designers, developers, data scientists and anyone with a passion to make Austin better.

CodeAcross Austin 2016 is hosted by Open Austin, a partnership that includes the City of Austin and nonprofits, with a focus on utilizing open data to create solutions to community issues.

The event is part of a weekend of civic hacking events throughout the world. The goal of CodeAcross is to activate the civic tech network and inspire residents everywhere to get actively involved in their communities.

While coinciding with the Code for America CodeAcross events, organizers in Austin hope to focus on design thinking that could lead to projects not centered on coding.

For more information, please visit the City of Austin.