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  • Cleveland, OH, 44103
  • United States

What to Know Before You Show!

Prepare for #Fix216.


Scope-a-Thon Agenda

Friday, October 26th

We will begin by setting the context for the work ahead. HackCLE + its local Criminal Justice Transformation partners will provide useful background information on the complex nature of the Problem—our Criminal (in)Justice System—and outline the objectives, agenda + ground rules for our time together. We will end by grouping up into cross-functional teams and providing each team with the Project Brief (User Personas + Problem Statements), which we will solve together on Saturday.

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Registration

6:15 pm - 6:25 pm - Welcome

6:25 pm - 7:45 pm - Setting the Context

  • The Problem: Transforming the Criminal (in) Justice System

  • The Challenge for this Weekend: Scoping Solutions

  • The Work: How will we get there?

  • The Agenda/Process

  • The Vision

7:45 pm - 8 pm: Questions, Meet-your-Team + Mingle

8 pm - 9 pm: Social Time for those Interested

Saturday, October 27th

Participants will work in cross-functional teams to break down and understand a data- or technology-related Criminal Justice Transformation challenge. The teams will build an action plan to tackle this challenge a present to a panel of judges at the end of the day.

9:45 am - 10:15 am- Registration

10:15 am - 10:30 am- Welcome and Space Warming

10:30 am - 11:00 am – Last Night Recap + Review Today’s Agenda/Process

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Scoping Session (Floating Rooms)

meet with your team to develop ideas

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch - Flame Urban Grill

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm - Scoping Session: Take 2 (Floating Rooms)

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm – Pitch Competition

4:30 pm - 4:45 pm – Next Steps + Call to Action

4:45 pm - 5 pm - Mingle and Conclusion


Join us for the next iteration of #Fix216! **NOTE as of 10/24/18 Tickets are SOLD OUT

We’re intentionally bringing together people from Tech, Design, Community Organizing, and Policy backgrounds to ensure we hear from a diverse set of opinions and generate solutions that represent a wide variety of experiences.

Fix216: Criminal Justice Reform is Friday, October 26, 2018, Doors Open @ 5pm | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Following that, we will reconvene Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm

*Up to $10,000 in prizes are available for the top team(s) to help them follow through and develop their ideas into sustainable, publicly available applications.

**If you would like to volunteer, be sure to indicate it by selecting the radio button on the registration form! It's the final selection.

All people who have an interest in supporting criminal justice reform in Ohio are welcomed to attend. You do not need to hold a formal role or be a technologist to be a apart of the solution. The only requirement is a desire to affect change! #SocialJusticeTech

The event would not be possible if it were not for the support of our funders! Please join us in commending our supporters:

  • The Cleveland Foundation

  • The George Gund Foundation

  • Microsoft

  • Digitial C’s MidTown Tech Hive

  • We are incredibly grateful to be a member of the CRTL+ATL+CLE civic collaborative network!

Learn More:

On November 22, 2014, a 12-year-old boy playing alone in a familiar place became a martyr for a cause he didn’t volunteer to serve. Hack Cleveland came together as a response to the police involved killing of Tamir Rice. As a direct action, Hack Cleveland organized the city’s first civic hackathon called "FIX 216."

A civic hackathon is an event where people work together with urgency and creativity to produce a technical solution that will make their cities better. #FIX216 engaged Cleveland residents to produce technical solutions that would facilitate an open dialogue, idea generation, and awareness-building around public safety, excessive force and the Department of Justice consent decree in Cleveland. It was held May 29th and 30th, 2015, and welcomed a diverse group of more than 70+ attendees, who came together to create five projects addressing various challenges facing Cleveland. To build upon "FIX 216" and our work since 2015, Hack Cleveland is organizing a community-centered event that will focus on sustainable solutions that will advance criminal justice reform.

The event is akin to a hack-a-thon, and is aptly called a scope-a-thon. The purpose of a scope-a-thon is to scope out problems, break the problems down into manageable parts, and develop a plan to address them.

While traditional hackathons are often focused on creating a technical tool during the event, a scope-a-thon focuses on understanding the purpose and use of technology in helping solve problems. A key component is centering and amplifying the voices of people who have lived experiences in our communities and to listen to them prior to and during the process of designing, testing and implementing a technical solution. Similar to a hackathon, scope-a-thons also feature teams but require that teams are led by community organizations and activists, with developers, designers, and data scientists supporting their needs.