Welcome to Code for Kansas City
A civic hacking group.
Code for Kansas City brings together developers, designers, data geeks, civic leaders, organizers, and idea-makers from communities to help local government and civic organizations adopt open web technologies.
What is Civic Hacking? This video will help explain it.
Who This is For
Anyone with a desire and a passion for applying their technology skills to improve our community, open government, and open civic data.
What to Expect
You can apply your skills and expertise to work on an existing problem or project you care about like:
- Connecting people with still-good items to donation sites
- Helping expunge misdemeanors and other crimes from crimnal records
- Launching a web app to address illegal trash dumping
- Creating an app to help residents find information about your city
- Helping residents get up-to-date information on government and city council meetings
- Creating an online resource for reproductive health
- Create apps. Design websites. Organize events. Write copy. And more!
- Hang out with other civic hackers, eat pizza and drink beverages.
What Not to Expect
- You can pick up expert advice, tips and tricks about new technologies but we are not a tech meetup or user group, and are usually working sessions not presentation format.
- You can meet a lot of new and interesting people and make useful connections but we are not a networking group. We are volunteers working to make our community better through technology.
- You can learn a lot of things about coding and design by participating in Brigade but we are not a code or design school.
How it Works
We meet weekly on Monday nights on Zoom, to either Hack (work on projects), Yack (socialize) or Learn (hear from a speaker).
We use Meetup for organizing our events, so be sure to visit meetup.com/kcbrigade for the latest information.
Bring your laptop/tablet as it’s typically a working group with the occasional presentation. Free wifi is provided.
How Projects Are Chosen
We choose projects based on:
Often you can start getting involved before the first meeting.
Look at our Forum for recent topics that you are interested in and would like to reply and contribute to.
Look at our GitHub open source code repositories. We welcome Pull Requests (mods to our code). Our Github
GitHub Push Start by the end of this you will have made your first contribution to a project!
Learn how to use GitHub
Learn how to use the Git version control protocol
Learn how the Web works: Read Basics of Web API’s
- Learn to License. Since civic hacking starts with open source software and usually encompasses free software as well, you’ll need to understand the myriad of software licenses out there and how to apply them to your work. We prefer and default to MIT license. Some learning resource suggestions:
An introductory guide to open internet tools for civil servants
- Web Hosting Resources
Questions? Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.