How to Organize a Hack Night

Last Thursday, the Code for America Brigade hosted a Hangout to discuss best practices for starting up and running a hack night.

Panelists included: Mark Headd, chief data officer for the City of Philadelphia; Juan-Pablo Velez, organizer of weekly open government hack night in Chicago; and Brigade Captains Michelle Koeth (Code for NoVA), Chris Alfano (Code for Philly), Christopher Whitaker (Chicago), Eddie Tejeda (OpenOakland), Harlan Weber (Code for Boston).

The panelists chatted about their experience starting up and running hack nights and gave advice to new organizers on topics like what to do to prep for hack nights, how to integrate new members into the group, local governments’ participation in hack nights, and more.

Don’t have time to watch the entire video? Check out the working doc where the panelists also answered questions from the audience.

Questions? Comments? Hit us up @codeforamerica.

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