Last year, more than 11,000 people took part in the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking. Groups of citizens, developers and governments came together to try and solve problems in their areas through technology. The day had events in more than 80 cities around the nation and included representatives from NASA and the White House.
This year, it’s expanded to a whole week here in Chicago. Tonight is the first official event with several others to follow. One of the events will cater to kids and takes place at the Adler Planetarium.
Giving us a breakdown of the National Day of Civic Hacking is Christopher Whitaker, Chicago Code for America Brigade Captain, Nick Skytland, a national organizer for the event, and Kelly Borden, Citizen Science Education Lead at Adler Planetarium, which is hosting one of the events.